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4 in 5 people leaders cite skills as most important for hiring: survey

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  • Data security skills (60%)
  • Ethical AI and automation skills (58%)
  • Programming skills (57%)

Soft skills will also be more important, such as imaginative skills (56%), customer relationship skills (53%), and leadership skills (51%).

Digital skills lag in workforce

However, the report also discovered that the workforce has yet to catch up with evolving skills, particularly on generative AI, looked for by candidates.

Four in five employees said they use digital skills in their daily work, but only a few of them said they have skills beyond collaboration technology, digital administration, and digital project management.

Only one in 10 of the respondents said they use AI in their day-to-day activities, according to the report. It also found that only 14% said their role needs skills such as encryption and cyber security, while a smaller 13% claim to use coding and app development skills.

The findings indicate that upskilling will likely be a necessity in the future, as also predicted by various organisations in the wake of AI and automation.

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