82% of companies need business skills, only 56% offer training

The survey of 250 European senior executives by Forrester Research, commissioned by IBM, shows that companies rank IT skills first in terms of importance to the business, but up to 82% of organisations are not providing staff with the right skills. Up to 94% of respondents say communication skills will be increasingly important for their workforce. 44% of companies fail to offer any kind of cross-functional skills training that will help workers develop the required management skills.