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Should employers be doing more to close the digital talent gap?

Nov 20
Tags: Capgemini
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Digital skills are highly sought after in countless industries, but many firms are struggling to bring in the expertise they need.

According to research by Capgemini and LinkedIn, 54 per cent of organisations agree that the digital talent gap is hindering their digital transformation programmes and making their firm lose ground on its competitors.

However, many businesses might not be doing enough to directly tackle the problem.

The research found that budgets for training digital talent have either remained static or decreased at 52 per cent of firms.

Meanwhile, 50 per cent said that while they regularly talk about the digital talent gap, they are not doing much to narrow it.

This could explain why nearly 50 per cent of employees are investing their own money and spending time out of work developing digital skills independently.

Some 45 per cent said the training programmes offered at their organisations are inadequate, while more than half said they are not given time to attend.

Claudia Crummenerl, head of executive leadership and change at Capgemini, commented: "Organisations face a mammoth task in terms of digital upskilling. 

"Given that skill redundancy is a key concern among our employee respondents, ensuring a clear development path is essential to address this."

Nearly a third of employees said they worry their skill set is redundant now or will be within the next two years, while almost four in ten expect their capabilities to be outdated in the next five years.

This fear is particularly common in the automotive sector, while employees in the banking industry, utilities, telecoms and insurance are also concerned about how future-proof their skills may be.

Ms Crummenerl warned that the digital talent gap will continue to widen, which means no company "can sit back and be comfortable".
"Organisations need to be consistently innovating and planning their workforce evolution," she added.

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