wake up Europe
and specially Germany & Austria !
Will your current working position be greatly
affected by technology change and globalization?
Are you willing to devote more time to learning
new skills in order to stay relevant
in your job ?
Global megatrends are transforming more and more aspects of work and, in so doing, changing the skills that people need for their jobs and redefining the jobs that will be needed and where.
Sixty-one percent of people believe that global megatrends greatly affect their jobs and will continue to do so. As a result, many devote significant time to refining their skills. The vast majority are also willing to learn new skills to become attractive candidates for completely different jobs.
While most of the African, South American and Asian countries belong to the Group of „Proactive Adapters“ and „Intrinsic Learners“ , Europeans are belonging to the „Bystanders“ and „Hesitators“ .
Germany with the lowest percentage of people, only 38% who spend a few weeks or more on training per year.
In addition to developing skills to stay competitive in their current role, the vast majority of respondents worldwide are also willing to learn new skills in order to qualify for a new job: 67% are open to reskilling under any circumstances, Respondents from Europe were the least open to change.
Willingness to reskill is especially low among respondents from Germany (53%), Iran (46%), and some Central and Eastern European countries.
These insights come from one of the largest ever global surveys of labor trends and work preferences: 366,000 people in 197 countries surveyed by Boston Consulting Group and the online international recruitment company The Network.
The modern workforce expects change and is willing to adapt and train to be ready for it. Companies and governments must promote upskilling and reskilling to help people prepare and to avoid a two-tiered workforce in which some workers are ready for change and others are not. Individuals must take charge of their own skills development to remain competitive in a fast-changing labor market.