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Friday, July 06, 2018

Crossing the digital bridge | HRM Asia

Photo: Nilesh Mistry
Are organisations doing enough to reduce the digital talent gap? summarizes Nilesh Mistry, Vice President & Head of Asia-Pacific, World Wide Technology.
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The pace of change in technology is accelerating faster than we have ever seen, and the demand for expertise in new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT), far outstrips the digital talent available. Digital talent is rapidly becoming the essential must-have skillset in all workplaces today.

As technology continues to revolutionise the way we live and work, the impact of this change is also dramatically affecting the skills needed in the workplace today. For example, as cryptocurrencies flourish, and as more businesses experiment with blockchain technology, there were four times as many blockchain-related job postings on LinkedIn in 2017. Machine learning is automating many existing occupations, freeing up workers to focus on new tasks and leading to rapidly changing core skill sets.

The Future of Jobs Report from the World Economic Forum, warns that by the end of the decade, more than a third of the desired core skill sets of most occupations will include skills that are not considered crucial today...

The importance of ensuring that students today are equipped to speak “digital” is a non-debate. Given the rapid pace of change, the question becomes what organisations can do to reduce the digital talent gap and equip their own future workforce with the necessary digital skills?

Source: HRM Asia

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