A 2006 CBI survey found almost a third of employers had problems with graduates’ generic employability skills such as team working, communication and problem-solving.
A 2019 study found that of the 800 participants surveyed 70% of 24 to 37-year-olds scored below average on their ability to grapple with ambiguity. In addition, respondents aged 18 to 37 were twice as likely to achieve the bottom 10% for their ability to manage ambiguity.
A 2008 survey by The Council for Industry and Higher Education found 86% of employers considered good communication skills essential (some putting these ahead of a reasonable degree). Still, most were dissatisfied that graduates could express themselves effectively.