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Let’s Get Digital

Monday, January 22, 2024

Nine in 10 job ads require applicants to have digital skills.

Every industry and nearly every occupation, including entry-level and frontline positions, has a strong demand for digital skills, according to Closing the National Skill Divide: The Payoff for Workers, Business, and the Economy. The report, released by the National Skills Coalition, dispels the notion that demand for digital skills exists primarily in the technology sector and among IT roles.

44% of workers’ skills will be disrupted by digital transformations in the next five years.

2/3 of HR managers believe that digital skills will be essential to working with AI and automation.                               
70% of a company’s digital needs resolve when employers upskill current employees.

2 in 5 workers have completed training to bridge digital skills gaps in the past year.

$8,000 The difference in salary between positions requiring just one digital skill and jobs requiring none.
Sources: McKinsey, " Digital Transformations: The Five Talent Factors That Matter Most," 2023;
National Skills Coalition, Closing the National Skill Divide: The Payoff for Workers, Business, and the Economy, 2023; TalentLMS, Mapping Out Skills for Success in the AI-Driven Future, 2023; World Economic Forum, The Future of Jobs Report 2023

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