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Asia Pacific – Majority of employees feel unprepared for the jobs of the future, study finds

12 July 2019

Seven in ten workers across the Asia Pacific region are concerned they are unprepared for the jobs of the future, according to a new study by Skillsoft, an education technology company and market researcher Vanson Bourne.

The study surveyed 2,500 employees across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia about their readiness for the future of work.

It also found that 77% of respondents reported they would need to learn a new skill in 2019 to remain confident in their role. Most, or 80%, of respondents surveyed say their role is being changed due to digital transformation.

Meanwhile, 70% of respondents said they are concerned about not receiving the learning, development and training they need from their organisation to remain employable and skilled in the future, while 21% are ‘very concerned’.

On average, surveyed employees received learning, development and training from their organisation for new skills for their job role three times in 2018. However, 82% report their organisation could provide more training, learning and upskilling opportunities, while 14% of those who received training last year rated this as ‘excellent’, where nothing could have been improved.

“Training, learning and development are critical to technology-enabled workplaces, yet many organisations are failing to deliver enough. This is not just a ‘future’ problem; it is happening now,” according to Rosie Cairnes, Regional Director of APAC, Skillsoft.


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