87% of employers are struggling to close the skills gap

TRUMBULL, CT — February 24, 2021 — Employers that continue to invest in training expect to recover more quickly from the pandemic. Questionmark, the online assessment provider, is calling on employers to ensure their training programs are equipping workers with the skills they need to stay ahead.

The Covid-19 pandemic and widespread remote working have made it difficult to deliver workplace training. However, research conducted by Open University showed that 67% of organizations found training was essential to keep the workforce agile throughout the pandemic.[1] Research by consultancy firm McKinsey shows that global employers that are actively upskilling workers feel better prepared for the future.[2]

Upskilling the workforce will continue to be crucial as the global economy recovers. McKinsey research shows that 87% of employers are either facing a skills gap or expect to face one soon.[3]

Lars Pedersen, CEO of Questionmark said: “Upskilling workers has enabled many employers to keep going through the Covid-19 crisis. As organizations adjust to new ways of doing business, it will continue to be crucial.

“Now more than ever, employers must ensure that their training is keeping them ahead of the game. Testing employees during and after training can show whether training was successful.  Employers can ensure they get a good return on their investment.”

Online staff skills tests can help employers make better decisions about training. They can:

  • Reduce wasted training by identifying which team members actually need it
  • Help employers tailor training by identifying individual training needs
  • Measure the effectiveness of training by testing workers during and after the program

The Questionmark enterprise-grade platform makes assessment content easy to create and adapt. The platform automatically marks papers and instantly compiles results. It is easy to spot trends and patterns.


[1] https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/50504-businesses-that-have-invested-in-training-during-lockdown-expect-to-recover-more-quickly

[2] https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/to-emerge-stronger-from-the-covid-19-crisis-companies-should-start-reskilling-their-workforces-now

[3] https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/to-emerge-stronger-from-the-covid-19-crisis-companies-should-start-reskilling-their-workforces-now