Digital Skills Assessment Guidebook

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This guidebook can be used to determine the existing supply of a digitally skilled cohort at a national level, to assess skills demand from industry and other sectors, to identify skills gaps, and to develop policies to address future digital skills requirements. A must-have for policy-makers and other stakeholders.



Forecasting future skills requirements

Globally, rapid changes are taking place in the labour market due to technological changes, as well as globalization and worldwide demographic change. These changes affect all aspects of people’s lives, from agriculture and education to health, and are especially relevant as they relate to changing national digital skills requirements. Each country will be affected by the ongoing changes in different ways, but nations seeking to understand future skills needs should be aware of several overriding technological developments, such as artificial intelligence (AI), big-data analytics, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics. These new digital technologies have the potential to change the future of work through digital entrepreneurship, freelancing and offshore services. Additionally, future digital skills requirements will be affected by trends towards “green jobs”,1 such as “smart” electricity grids, “smart” transport systems and “smart” buildings for improving environmental performance.


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