Many employees think their colleagues are not right for the job, according to new research commissioned by B2B marketplace, Expert Market.

The survey of over 2,000 UK workers showed that two thirds (66%) have wondered how their colleagues managed to get their job, with 24 percent admitting they didn’t feel their manager was qualified for the position.

Michael Horrocks of Expert Market said:

“It is interesting to see in a tough job market people are applying for jobs where they might not tick all the boxes in terms of qualifications and skills but are relying on learning on the job. While people seem happy to volunteer themselves for roles they are not necessarily fully qualified for, it seems that many respondents did not have the most faith in their superiors which would be a bit of a concern for most companies.”

The majority of workers (64%) felt less motivated at work if they felt that their employer was not investing in their training. Furthermore, 72 percent of workers believed in order to further develop their skills they needed access to external specialist training courses.

79 percent of respondents felt that factors such as looks, age and gender played a part in whether or not someone was hired.

Despite complaining that their colleagues were under-qualified for their roles, almost half (47%) of respondents thought it was completely fine to apply for a job that they may not be quite qualified for.

With businesses in the UK looking to hire the best talent where possible, the survey highlights a strong need to invest with up-to-date training for staff to remain competitive.