IT firms in Asia recognize the need to train employees in digital skills, but few actually do so

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On a percentage Although 97 percent of organizations in Asian market recognize the ever growing need of digital skills training like cloud computing skills and cybersecurity which are being the most in demand now a days and also in upcoming years. But the fact is despite this acceptance only 29 percent of employers have put their plans in place towards comprehensive skills enablement programs for employees.

As per the research study specially conducted by Amazon Web Services, revealed that the ability to use cloud-based tools such as accounting and CRM (customer relationship management) software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications are emerging as the most desirable digital skills by 2025. The study also speak up about cybersecurity skills, for instance, the ability to apply different types of protocols and procedures to make sure the security of an organization’s digital systems and data.

According to the study, the digital skills high in demand by 2025 will be Artificial intelligence and machine learning, cloud skills, Internet of Things (IoT) skills, and software development.

Global Pandemic and Digitalization:

As the global pandemic raised up the desire for digital skills likewise. During study, it was found that employees uttered a great need for learning digital skills and also identify digital skills shortage. All this happens because of the pandemic wave that completely changes an organization’s traditional structure.

88% of employees reported that they need to polish their skills in this ever-changing need for digitalization. The emergence of digitalization has also changed the requirements of the job in enterprises. Rest 86 percent alleged COVID-19 had accelerated the requirement of digitalization at their workplace. A high ratio of employees round about 64 percent said that they want to master their self in cloud-related skills.

It was seen that roundabout two-thirds of the diverse and ready workforce indicated that they are not so confident about their ability to learn new digital skills so quickly and efficiently as per emerging needs of future careers. Very few of the organizations were found to be inclined towards training their employees with digital skills like cloud-based communication software, cloud developer tools, etc. Asia needs to train employees in digital skills The rest of the organizations were not able to train because of fear of or shortage of high investment.

Businesses should consider the long-term benefits of capitalizing in talents:

Organizations in the region of Asia on contrary should also keep in mind the benefits associated with training rather than just considering it an extra cost at the end of Company. Most of the employees reported that their ability to learn new digital skills will give them an upper hand in career. It will also lead to job satisfaction. According to researcher, such findings help companies to retain their talented employees. If organization will lack talent because of less investment in training them then it cannot undergo digital transformation. Those employees who are working on still old techniques will no longer be able to keep pace with ever changing digital technology. For instance if an employee lacks talent and skills to develop new products and services, then they will take longer time to come up with something creative. Besides that they would not be able to take advantage of cost saving and more productivity in less time from digital platforms.

As per the study conducted, in the upcoming years 86 million employees in Asia will need to develop digital skills to keep up growing with the latest technological trends.

The pandemic has pushed cybersecurity to the top of the agenda in Asian boardrooms:

Hybrid and remote work arrangements, in particular, had highlighted the importance of personal safety, with 57 percent of Asian organization’s looking to expand their remote workforce and another 57 percent looking to expand their network of smart devices. As businesses sought to accelerate their digital transformation, 58 percent increased their investment in mobile apps. Such initiatives compelled 90 percent of respondents to revise their cybersecurity strategy in order to stay secure. Specifically, 54 percent cited cloud security as the most important post-pandemic security measure.

Cloud and data are among the most in-demand digital skills in APAC.

By 2025, up to 819 million workers in Asia-Pacific will be using digital skillsets, up from 149 million today, with businesses facing severe shortages in data, cloud, and cybersecurity if little is done to build these capabilities. By 2025, the region’s workers will need 6.8 billion digital skills to do their jobs, up from 1 billion today. It was estimated that 5.7 billion digital skill trainings would be required over the next five years to ensure that the average worker acquired the capabilities required to keep up with technological advancements. Train employees in digital skills. The document referred to such trainings as what would be required to skill one worker from his or her current proficiency level to the relevant level required in 2025.

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