Skills are used to group agents in many systems. They allow administrators to categorize agents based on their specific expertise or capabilities. By defining skills, administrators can assign tasks or campaigns to specific groups of agents, ensuring that the right resources are being used for the right job. The example skills you provided, such as English-speaking, French-speaking, or sales and support, are common categories that can be used to define skills.

Additionally, creating a sub-administrator based on areas of expertise can be helpful in managing specific skills. This allows administrators to delegate some of their responsibilities to other users who are experts in
specific areas.

Skills can be used to handle inbound and outbound campaigns by linking them to specific skill groups. Here's the video tutorial that walks you through the process of creating and managing a skill. The tutorial is followed by detailed instructions on each field involved in skill creation.

To create a new skill, the administrator can use the "New Skill" option in the system.

Additionally, it is also possible to export the skill data in XLSX format.

When creating a new skill, the administrator will typically need to enter information into various fields in the system. The below table provides information about the fields that need to be entered when creating a new

Skill name
The selected skill group will be greyed out. Inbound Calls cannot come to the skill group unless the customer IVR is configured for the same. Agents and phone numbers must be predefined before adding a skill group.
Skill Location
Locations need to be predefined from the Locations page. This gets linked to a dropdown on the Skills page.
Skill DetailsAdditional details on the skill can be added.
Record (required)Either full or conversation must be selected. Full means recording the entire call from the time the customer enters the IVR. Conversation means only recording the conversation after Agent has picked up the call.
Assign Phone Numbers for Hunting (Offline)*Phone numbers are assigned for offline use when
Agents are not available to receive calls.
Queue Size
No. of customers in the queue for a skill group
Queue TimeoutThe time that the customer stays in the queue; 0 minutes and 0 seconds means no timeout. If a timeout is selected, a fallback rule needs to be defined.
AgentsAgents can be grouped into different priorities for handling calls in the skill. Priority 1 agents are the highest priority and will be offered calls first and Priority 9 will be the lowest
Fallback Rule
Defines what should be the Fall Back for the customer once the Queue timeout expires. Select from the dropdown list.

Fallback rules can be configured in various methods to service a customer once the queue limit expires and the options are seen in the dropdown.

The FallBack Rule can be configured to Multiskill to route calls to another skill and further to a different skill with timers to service the call with different skill groups as the business may require (See the below image. Source of the image: Existing in-ccaas instance). The below table shows the details.

Fallback ruleDescription
Multi skillIf Multi skill is selected, the options are to route the call to another skill, and the timeout for the same along with Fall Back options are further defined.
DisconnectDisconnect the customer once the Queue expires.
Dial outDial out to a configured number once the queue timeout expires. A supervisor's number could be for example configured. This is done using the dial-out numbers tab in the configurations menu.
Voice mailTransfer the call to voice mail once the queue timeout expires.
SkillTransfer the call to another skill that can be selected from the drop-down list of skills
IVRTransfer to IVR (like press 1 for a callback, else wait in queue)

The “Agents” section enables administrators to select agents from a drop-down. Administrators can prioritize agents based on their skill set, ensuring that the most skilled agents receive calls first for a particular skill. (Note: For the same feature in the current in-ccaas instance, refer to the second screenshot below)

Source of the below image: Existing in-ccaas instance (feature)

Click on the Save button and the skill is ready to use. The only caveat is to have a mapping of the DID number for the skill in the IVR to have the group receive Inbound Calls.