The skills gap conundrum : HR Magazine


HR Magazine/ 2021/ October

The skills gap conundrum

The skills gap conundrum

The shift towards digitisation and automation has distended the skills gap forcing businesses to innovate their capability-building approaches in the new world of work. Close to 70 per cent of employers globally are struggling to find skilled workers, especially in high-demand areas like operations and logistics, manufacturing and production, IT, sales, and marketing, according to a study by ManpowerGroup. So, the need to address skill gaps by adapting employees’ skills and roles to the new ways of working is more urgent than ever for organisations to come stronger on the other side. The cover story of this issue digs deep into the current organisational learning & training landscape and how leaders can fix the larger skills gap to prepare for the future


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Special Column

Solving the skills gap

Skills have become the global currency of 21st-century economies. But this ‘currency’ depreciates rapidly as the requirements of labour markets evolve and individuals lose the skills they do not use, writes Andreas Schleicher, the Director for Education and Skills, OECD.


 Rapid-Fire Interview

Ruth Cotter, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, HR & IR, AMD

During the pandemic, one of the biggest lessons I learned was to turn challenges into opportunities as we look to the future, says the AMD leader.


 Feature Story

New ways of working in Australia: Seizing the opportunity

Organisations and leaders need to seize the moment rather than bounce back to how things were. Damien Sheehan, Country Head Australia, IWG, talks about the different facets of what it means to return to the workplace and the future of workplaces, in an interaction with us.


 Expert Column

Narrowing the tech industry’s skills gap by shifting mindsets

Australian organisations have to reframe the approach to hiring to become even more inclusive in talent acquisition practices, creating more pathways for skilled talent to enter the workforce, writes Belinda Lewis, HR Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand.


Tata Communications’ Global L&D Head on reskilling

Despite organisations ramping up digital infrastructures, many have noticed potential issues such as the need for cybersecurity experts and the widening digital skills gap and companies generally deal with these concerns by hiring new, skilled staff. But, this approach is not sustainable, says Ina Bajwa, Global Head, Learning & Development, Tata Communications.


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