More employees upskill to stay competitive, study finds

SINGAPORE: Four in five (81%) employees are concerned about the impact of digitalisation on their jobs and roles, and even more (93%) believe that upskilling is needed for their current role.

The employees’ main concern about workplace digitalisation is the necessary acquisition of new skills to stay competitive (46% of survey respondents cited this). The fear of “not being able to adapt to new and complex skills” (40%), and “being replaced due to the lack of skills” (31%) are two other highlighted concerns.


Meanwhile, employers say that the main impact of digitalisation on the workforce are: “the need to reskill and upskill workers to meet new skill demands” (57% of employers cited this), “employees will spend less time in automated or repetitive work” (54%), and “employees will have to take on hybrid roles or roles that require a mix of different skill sets” (54%).


These are some key findings from NTUC LearningHub's recent Emerging Jobs and Skills Report, which surveyed more than 650 working professionals in Singapore last month. The research included employers and employees to gather a dual perspective about the current job market, emerging jobs and skills, and the training landscape.


"Although employees fear the effects of digitalisation on their jobs, it is heartening that many see the importance in upskilling to remain employable and competitive," NTUC LearningHub's Director of Infocomm Technology Anthony Chew said,


"However, instead of fearing digitalisation in the new world order, we urge trainees to take advantage of digital transformation to uplift their skillsets and employability. In fact, employers see digitalisation as an opportunity to upgrade workforce competencies so that their employees can work alongside digital solutions and free up their time for higher-value work."


NTUC LearningHub is a Continuing Education and Training provider in Singapore specialising in learning solutions on Cloud, Infocomm Technology, Healthcare, Employability and Literacy, Business Excellence, Workplace Safety and Health, Security, Human Resources, and Foreign Worker Training.


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