Employers are failing to train their contingent workforce, despite the fact that non permanent workers now make up a significant segment of the UK labour market.
A report released by City & Guilds Group has found that 84% of UK employers utilise contingent workers, and 35% anticipate that they will rely on them more over the next three to five years.
Despite this, 20% of employers don’t carry out any training with their contingent workforce, and a further 24% said that training for contingent workers is ineffective.
Currently, the most common form of training for contingent workers is on-the-job training (19%).
Contingent workers are the most likely to say that the current training they receive has no impact on their performance at work (24%, compared to 19% for permanent workers.)
They are also less aware of the purpose and value of training to both themselves and their employers (18%, compared to 23%.)
Suggestions from employers to improve contingent worker training include:
- Improved delivery platforms (22%)
- More self-guided training (18%)
- A better blend of on/off-line training (17%)