Published: 24th September 2020
92 per cent of full-time employees in India agree that there is a gap in skill: Report
Indian employees learn mostly through online courses (44 per cent) and corporate professional development (34 per cent), said the Udemy report
Udemy, a global marketplace for learning and teaching online, released the Global Skills Gap Report, a survey that provides a look at the divide between job-seekers’ skills and the qualifications demanded by employers. The Udemy report analyses insights from employees in India, Brazil, France, Mexico and Spain and tracks their sentiment towards the skills gap in their respective countries. This is the fourth consecutive year that the report has been released by Udemy and this is the first time that India has been included in the report.
The report found that 92 per cent of full-time employees in India agree that there is a gap in skill set in the country and 76 per cent of them feel personally affected by it. Two-thirds of the respondents also said that all four skill types are equally valued by their employers — Technical and Digital skills (68 per cent), Leadership and Management skills (66 per cent), Productivity skills (66 per cent), Soft skills (63 per cent).
Indian employees learn mostly through online courses (44 per cent) and corporate professional development (34 per cent). The majority of Indian employees (97 per cent) are excited about learning new skills and transitioning to a new job one day. As much as 82 per cent agree that college education has not equipped them with the skills they need to succeed in today’s job market — 84 per cent say that skills are changing so rapidly that their current knowledge is becoming obsolete.
The majority (92 per cent) also say that there is so much competition in the job market that they need to be constantly upskilling.
82 per cent agree that automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are taking away job roles and they need to reskill to stay relevant.
76 per cent think that AI/automation will be able to do their work within the next five years. 91 per cent have had to learn new skills to do their job effectively.
Out of the total respondents 86 per cent confirm that their employer provides professional development while 61 per cent say they would leave their current job if that was not the case. The overwhelming majority (94 per cent) also say it is important for their employer to encourage and support a “constant learning/training culture” in the organisation. About half (55 per cent) confess they have been dishonest in order to get a job or a promotion.
Irwin Anand, MD, Udemy India said that three fourth of the p[people employed in India feel there is a skill gap and COVID-19 has only made things worse, “There is an underlying current of anxiety, with as many as three-quarters of workers in India responding that they feel personally affected by the skills gap. As the COVID pandemic further exacerbates employee anxiety, business models, and jobs, we have seen many turn to skills training platforms like Udemy to help them become more competitive. The Udemy Skills Gap Report not only shows that Indian employees understand the importance of professional development, but they also feel responsible for it and expect their employers to support them on their upskilling journey. In a post-pandemic world, we expect to see this trend accelerate even further — success in today’s rapidly changing world requires new skills and a focus on continuous learning,” he added.