Compared with job security, employability is a far more elusive concept. Unlike a limited period of working for a single employer, it refers to the overall success of an individual in the labour market, spanning different job roles, modes of employment (for example, being self-employed or taking a zero hours contract), and even multiple careers.

This report explores individuals’ and employers' attitudes towards employability and responsibilities for career development in the UK. It draws on data from focus groups with individuals working or looking for work, as well as surveys of HR practitioners and line managers from organisations of a range of sectors and sizes.

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