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Why Digital Skills are Important for the Future Workforce?

Companies and organizations around the world are using the latest technology to simplify the way they work and operate. But there’s something growing concern to employers – the absence of techies to fill all the jobs.

It is not expected, as we tend to think that, as most of us have smartphones, we are all technology experts and professionals can work in technological fields. However, it is the reality, very worrying problem, and there are statistics to prove it.

The economy needs professionals with digital skills

“In the modern workplace, digital skills are highly valued; in the future, digital skills will be vital.

The digital age is expanding into all areas of our lives, and it is not just those who work in IT that will need to be alert of this change. The House of Lords have stated that digital skills should be taught as a third core subject, and treated with same importance as numeracy and literacy.” (The UK Digital Skills Report)

The digital economy has experienced rapid growth worldwide over recent years. It is dramatically changing industries and occupations across the economy in all sectors. For example:

  • Around 43,000 IT specialists are wanted in Germany currently (Bitkom).
  • 745,000 additional workers with digital skills will be needed to meet the rising demand from employers and fuel the UK economy over the period 2013-2017 (Development Economics)
  • Demand for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) workers in Australia is forecast to increase by 100,000 workers over six years, from around 600,000 workers in 2014 to more than 700,000 workers in 2020 (Deloitte).
  • In Canada, 182,000 workers who are capable of applying business and analytical skills to ICT are needed by 2019, with an additional 36,000 workers by 2020 (Canadian Report on Digital Talent).

More and more companies are realizing that a company full of specialists is not an ideal situation. Currently, the most important thing is that new employees are interdisciplinary and have a broad set of digital skills:

1.Programming

Programming skills are in the center of any product or service. The required programming languages vary from place to place.

2.Web development

Website coding is another beneficial skill. While not cover such a diverse area as programming, there are certain types of technology companies seeking development progress responsive and mobile web design yet.

3.Development of apps

With many large companies creating their own applications and startups focused on application development, any experience in creating applications is very valuable. That combines elements of programming and web development is an additional advantage.

4.Digital design

Websites, applications and digital services have something in common, a user interface. Any designer with skills in creating effective, attractive and dynamic user interface will be in high demand in most technology companies.

5.Digital marketing

To promote their services and products, technology companies will turn to digital media and particularly its marketing in search engines. Understanding how to get the most value for their money outside the widest range of networks will be the key.

6.Social media

Today public relations are conducted almost exclusively through the media. Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and countless other platforms give technology companies direct access to customers and opinion leaders. The best public relations managers in technology are social media managers.

7.Massive data analysis

Companies gather large amounts of data that can be immensely valuable to them if they have an expert analysis that can handle everything.

8.Information visualization

Data is meaningless without context and visually representing information offers audiences important context for understanding the information.

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