Retaining and re-skilling workers can be of huge benefit to employers, according to the consultant psychologist and life coach Anjula Mutanda.

She said workers in today’s jobs market need a portfolio of skills and employers can help to provide this by offering retaining programmes.

"From an employer’s point of view if they are re-skilling their employees it’s always a benefit to them because you’ve got a work force that are tooled up and ready to go," Ms Mutanda remarked.

She also suggested that learning new skills could empower employees, which could have a positive impact on productivity in the workplace.

Research from Deloitte reveals that recruitment and training will represent the biggest financial investment for 27 per cent of employers over the next 12 months.

It also shows that 31 per cent of companies believe skills shortages are the biggest barrier to business growth.