Skills Gap

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Digital Skills Gap in the EU – Two fifths of the EU workforce have little or no digital skills

Information and communications technologies (ICT) play an increasingly important role in our professional and private lives, and digital competence is of growing importance for every individual. In the future, nearly all jobs will require digital skills. However, European Commission figures show that two fifths of the EU workforce have little or no digital skills. In … Continue reading

The Future of Work – Job Transition Pathway Optimization Model for reskilling and upskilling

As the types of skills needed in the labour market change rapidly, individual workers will have to engage in life-long learning if they are to achieve fulfilling and rewarding careers. For companies, reskilling and upskilling strategies will be critical if they are to find the talent they need and to contribute to socially responsible approaches … Continue reading

Soft Skills Development in Europe – Different methodologies and approaches

Pushed by current socio-economic projections, a rising number of governments and international institutions are trying to bring closer the world of education and training and the world of work: graduates’ employability, innovation and entrepreneurship, ICT use in tertiary education, are just some of the topics on this agenda. The level of youth unemployment across the … Continue reading

Skills Gap in US – Data from the LinkedIn Economic Graph

Using data from the LinkedIn Economic Graph, our new skills gaps analytics can identify and quantify skills gaps at scale to help professionals and employers plan for the future. So what exactly is the data telling us? This may come as no surprise, but there’s a shortage of professionals with some of the most in-demand … Continue reading

The Digital Skills Gap in UK – Nearly one in five Millenials in the modern workplace are perceived to be lacking in analytical skills

The shortage of digital skills in the current marketplace is unprecedented. It is estimated that over 4.4 million IT jobs will be created around Big Data by 2015; however, only a third of these new jobs will be filled. Martha Lane Fox, the UK’s digital inclusion champion, believes over 16 million people in the UK … Continue reading

Skills Gap in Europe – Shortages and mismatch are a major concerns

Skill shortages and skill mismatch are major concerns for policy-makers. With mass job destruction and sectoral restructuring following the recent economic crisis, four in 10 EU employers had difficulty finding people with the right skills, while unemployment rates peaked. Rapid digitalisation and technological skills obsolescence has also raised concerns about the extent to which the … Continue reading

Canada – The gap in adult skills development system

Canada urgently needs a third pillar that focuses on supporting working adults. The Council anticipates that managing the expected labour market changes will require an additional $15 billion of annual investmentsin adult skills development. The magnitude of the coming changes also necessitates the development of a Skills Plan for Working Canadians that will guide Canada’s … Continue reading

Portugal – Raising skills remains a priority and lifelong learning activities should focus more on the low skilled OECD says

Despite significant progress made, improving skills remains one of Portugal’s key challenges for raising growth, living standards and well-being. Upskilling the adult population remains a priority and lifelong learning activities should focus more on the low skilled. While active labour market policies have increased their training content in recent years, spending per unemployed is still … Continue reading

Skills Gap – Measuring skills mismatch

Skills supply (skills possessed by the labour force) and skills demand (skills demanded by employers) are central concepts in the economic analysis of employment structure and dynamics. The interaction between supply and demand has in turn led analysts to look into another dimension, skills mismatch — a concept that is rapidly gaining in importance for … Continue reading

The Shifting Skills Gap – A sudden 24% year-over-year decrease in the number of executives who believe it is real

  Last year, a whopping 80% of the C-Suite believed the skills gap—a lack of essential work skills and abilities in the workforce—was real. The gap was widest when it came to so-called soft skills like critical thinking and problem solving (41%), closely followed by hard technical skills associated with the job (39%). But this … Continue reading

Skills Gap in US – How CEOs are helping to close it

Closing the skills gap is a work in progress, but business leaders are moving forward on several fronts to tackle this challenge. Business Roundtable has highlighted some of the ways that America’s largest employers are working with academia to increase the pipeline of skilled and diverse workers to join their companies and to upgrade and transform the … Continue reading

Skills Gap in IT – Nearly half report that the situation has grown

When it comes to the concept of a workforce “skills gap,” most IT and business executives recall hearing or seeing something about it (86% definitely or maybe), regardless of job role. However, it is a more prevalent concept within IT companies vs. organizations outside the IT industry, as well as among those who view technology … Continue reading

India – A growing skills gap IBM finds

India has significant socioeconomic advantages over other developing countries. A thriving entrepreneurial culture, strong investor confidence, a vibrant diaspora, a young enthusiastic workforce, supportive government initiatives and growing institutional engagement combine to form a solid platform for a robust, internationally competitive economy. But beneath the surface, several challenges are becoming increasingly evident regarding the availability … Continue reading

Skills Gap – Competency is more than the mastery of a discrete academic standard

Competency is more than the mastery of a discrete academic standard. True competence is deeper and broader. It includes academics as well as a wide range of other cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal skills not typically included in academic subjects or college and career readiness learning standards. Competency also requires the combination of knowledge and skills across multiple domains and implies … Continue reading

Digital Talents Gap – Developing them among the existing workforce

Companies are trying a variety of unconventional methods to bring in digital talent. Facebook, for example, has “acquihired” the employees of more than a dozen companies—buying these companies as much or more for the employees as for the business itself. Meanwhile, Citigroup and others are introducing online gaming apps, either as recruiting tools or to … Continue reading

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