Executives at large U.S. companies confirm that a skills gap persists for their businesses, with more than half indicating that they either won’t have the skills they need in the next one to two years (46 percent) or they currently don’t have the skills they need (6 percent), according to a survey conducted by Accenture, titled “Accenture 2013 Skills and Employment Trends Survey.”

For those executives who have or are anticipating a skills shortage, the biggest demand is for IT skills (44 percent) and engineering (36 percent) with R&D (29 percent) and sales (29 percent) close behind; these skills are particularly in demand among manufacturers.

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