For some, digital might mean a new way of engaging with customers, or an entirely new way of doing business. Others feel its purely about technology. What they can agree upon is the digital skills gap refers to the difference between the number of employees with the necessary digital skills, and the number required for businesses to grow and innovate.
Many organisations have accelerated their digital transformation strategies which means that many more organisations are currently competing in the same talent pools, where a finite amount of candidates exist. Many are struggling to differentiate their offer and attract those with specific skills across many public and private organisations. The pace at which change is happening is a huge challenge and what businesses are facing today will be different again in 12 months time.
Organisations need to be focused on hiring but also on upskilling their existing employees to help bridge this gap, setting out a long term digital strategy to ensure future success. Hiring at both junior and senior level means that the more experienced team member can support upskilling of more junior employees. Alongside this more relevant university courses and apprenticeships are needed to cater for the skills that will be needed in years to come.
Pooling existing and then future talent into fresh, relevant talent pipelines is crucial to building a digitally skilled workforce within your company.
New research has revealed a major gap in digital skills across Australia’s workforce, with 87 per cent of jobs now requiring these skills, and a need for 156,000 new technology workers to keep pace with the rapid transformation of businesses.