HR Glossary / Skills Gap

Skills gap refers to the difference between the skills required for a job and the skills an employee possesses.


How to Identify Skills Gap?

Skills gap can be identified with a skills analysis. HR professionals conduct the analysis by assessing employee performance using data on efficiency and productivity indicators such as turnover rate, absenteeism, and productivity ratios. 

They can also conduct interviews to better understand the responsibilities and skills required for different roles in the organization. After performing a skills gap analysis, HR professionals should have all the insights necessary to take action.

Skills gap analysis can also be conducted by external consultants in order to make the process more objective.

What Are Examples of Skills Gaps?

Common skills gaps include hard and soft skills such as:

  • Writing;
  • Public speaking;
  • Critical thinking;
  • Problem solving;
  • Leadership;
  • Collaboration;
  • Creativity;
  • Organization.

What Causes Skills Gaps?

Common causes of skills gap include:

  • Lack of education;
  • Reluctance to training;
  • Inadequate compensation;
  • Lack of basic soft skills.

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