Technology is accelerating change across society in every corner of the globe and people need the skills to adapt.
Men are more likely than women to think that technology will have a positive impact on their jobs and improve their employment prospects. They are also more likely to be learning new skills 74% of the men (80% global) surveyed say they are doing so versus 66% of women (74% global).
However, opportunities and attitudes vary significantly based on an individual’s level of education. Location, gender and age also play a part.
Organisations need a new approach; they should create the right mix of skilled and adaptable people, aligned to the right culture and with the right mindset and behaviours to power their business, says PwC.
Hani Ashkar, Middle East Senior Partner, says: “Our jobs are changing, and fast. Many roles are disappearing altogether, with new, more meaningful roles taking their place. Our survey found that workers know that change is coming, they understand the need to upskill, and they are excited about the impact technology will have on their careers.
As a firm, we have committed US$3 billion to upskill our own people over the next four years. And we are already seeing tremendous change. Upskilling is more than just training. It’s about gaining the knowledge, skills and experience to add value and insight, being equipped to participate and adapt in an increasingly digital world.”
Randa Bahsoun, Partner and New world. New skills. Middle East lead ends: “Last year, [in our 22nd Middle East CEO Survey], we found out that the region is indeed anxious when it comes to the availability of “new”skills. In fact, our survey told us that almost 70% of CEOs in the region regard the availability of key skills as a business threat.
With the rapid pace of change and technological advancement we are witnessing, it has become all too clear that the digital revolution requires a skills revolution. The skills revolution is about helping people build their digital awareness, understanding and skills to fully participate in the digital world — and it needs to start now.”