With the recent announcement of President Obama’s new TechHire program, on-the-job skills training is under the microscope. In fact, Glassdoor’s Q1 2015 Employment Confidence Survey¹ explores employee sentiment around skills training and found that socioeconomic status, such as income, gender and education, impacts employees’2 and job seekers’ access to on-the-job training, contributing to a skills gap in America.
In addition, the quarterly Glassdoor survey explores four key employment confidence indicators: salary expectations, job market optimism, company outlook and job security. Plus, this quarter’s survey not only reveals employee sentiment around on-the-job training, but it also uncovers the types of training received.
Skills Training Gap Exists Between Socioeconomic Groups
When it comes to income, education and gender, there are significant differences between the amount of access these socioeconomic groups have to on-the-job skills training from their employers. Nearly 3 in 4 (73%) employees earning higher household incomes ($100,000+) report receiving on-the-job training in the past 12 months, more than employees whose household incomes are less: $75,000-99,999 (57 percent), $50,000-74,999 (58 percent), less than $50,000 (57 percent). In addition, employees who have received more education also report receiving more on-the-job training, as 70% of employees with college degrees report receiving on-the-job training in the past 12 months, compared to 56% of employees with some college education and 58% of employees with or without a high school diploma. Further, more men (66%) than women (57%) have received skills training in the past year.
“As the national conversation heats up around the need for greater skills training opportunities, the Glassdoor survey underscores the importance of making sure skills training is available equally to all socioeconomic groups in the country,” said Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor career and workplace expert. “Job market confidence in the U.S. is high, and in order for us to grow and harness the favorable economy, we must make sure our workforce has the information and access to training needed to advance their careers, companies and industries.”