More than half of businesses in multiple sectors around the world are concerned that the digital talent gap is hampering their growth and competitive edge, according to a joint study by Capgemini and Linkedin.
“Every second organization we surveyed acknowledged that the digital gap is widening,” says the report.
The two soft digital skills most in demand are customer-centricity and a passion for learning, while the most required hard digital skills are cybersecurity and cloud computing, according to the report.
The report concludes that “those organizations that bridge the talent gap will enjoy a competitive edge over those who don’t”.
Diversifying the approach to recruitment, creating an environment that prioritizes and rewards learning, and providing flexible and collaborative ways of working could be the best solutions for organizations to deal with the digital gap.
“A defined digital strategy that meets both business objectives and the preferences of digital talent is critical for a sustainable and successful digital transformation,” the report added.
On the other hand, employees that lack new digital skills are feeling the pressure, as they worry about becoming redundant or irrelevant at their companies. The study found that nearly 50% of employees are investing their own money and additional time beyond office hours to learn new skills on their own.
Furthermore, more than half of today’s digital workers say that training programs at their offices are either extremely boring or not helpful.