Fishing skills

Basic digital skills sought by 9 out of 10 job seekers

Employers in Bangladesh have demanded that nine out of the last 10 job seekers they hired in the last five years have at least basic digital knowledge and skills, according to a survey by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and LinkedIn.

In other words, the requirement has increased by about 90 percent.

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In comparison, this figure was higher than that of the comparable economies of India (79%), Indonesia (67%), the Philippines (64%) and the United States (75%).

The average increase of the five, including Bangladesh, was 75%.

In other words, employers reported on average that eight of the last 10 job seekers hired needed to have at least basic digital knowledge and skills, while four of the last 10 advanced digital skills.

Around 70% of all employers surveyed said basic and applied digital skills are now essential in the workplace, highlighting the growing importance of advanced digital skills.

The survey was mentioned in a report titled “Digital Jobs and Digital Skills: A Shifting Landscape in Asia and the Pacific” prepared by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and LinkedIn.

Using LinkedIn’s ‘Economic Chart’ to analyze digital jobs, skills and qualifications and the impact of the pandemic on employment trends, the report provides insight into transformational shifts in industries and the emerging landscape of jobs and skills in an increasingly digital workplace.

Collaboration between industry and trainers was reported to be weak in all the countries studied.

Less than 40% of employers reported having a relationship with an external provider for upskilling and retraining initiatives.

Platforms such as LinkedIn, Coursera and Google Academy were popular options that employers cited in in-depth discussions, as were programs offered by Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce and Oracle.

Asked about the biggest barrier to reskilling and upskilling their workforces, employers in the US and India said they lack the time to train.

Employers in Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines reported more structural challenges, including budgetary constraints and difficulties in identifying suitable training partners.

Other frequently reported challenges were lack of motivation and the absence of a growth mindset among employees, which only resulted in passive participation in training programs.

The survey asked employers how often they see job applications containing at least one numeric identifier, with 36% responding “often” and 26% “very often”.

In India and Bangladesh, where competition for a limited number of jobs is tough and applicants need to stand out, 80% of all job applications reported digital IDs, up 20 percentage points than in the United States, where job security is greater.

The report indicates that from January 2017 to February 2020, the rate of digital hiring through LinkedIn increased by an average of nine percentage points year-over-year in Asia-Pacific economies.

Inclusive LinkedIn members who listed digital skills in their profile and indicated a change of employer.

Similarly, there was a five percentage point increase in the United States.

Digital hiring initially slumped during the pandemic, but data showed it was quickly revived.

The pandemic caused digital hiring to plunge by half in the first six months of 2020, which was however followed by a rapid recovery and acceleration in late 2020 and early 2021.

LinkedIn analysis showed that jobs requiring digital skills are rebounding rapidly even during the pandemic.