Rapidly changing chemical industry technologies and work practices are creating skills gaps, according to the Chemical Industries Association (CIA).
More than 10% of sites believe their manufacturing professionals lack the necessary skills. One in three blames this on rapidly changing working practices, while 10% blames staff turnover.
The survey found the greatest number of vacancies are for manufacturing professionals, process operators and process technicians. The CIA expects that demand trends will continue for the next two years.
Almost all (99%) of the companies surveyed support off-the-job training, and more than 70% offer distance or open learning for staff.
While 71% of the companies questioned said they take on graduates, only 6% run apprentice training schemes.