81% of Canadians Struggling To Learn Digital Skills: Salesforce

Salesforce Canada’s newly published Digital Skills Index reveals that 81% of Canadians are currently struggling with learning the digital skills needed for work with that sentiment increasing to 86% in the next five years. 

According to LinkedIn, many of the  top 20 growing jobs in Canada for 2022 require digital-savvy skills such as an e-commerce coordinator or data science specialist. However, the Digital Skills Index reveals that respondents rate themselves as ‘beginner’ in many of the skills needed for these growing job titles: AI (78%), coding and development (73%), and product management technology (60%).  

Key highlights of the report include: 

  • Nearly three-quarters of Canadians (81%) don’t feel equipped to learn the digital skills needed by businesses now and even more (86%) don’t feel equipped for the future.
  • Younger respondents have the greatest confidence and ambition to learn new skills – 17% of Gen Z is actively learning and training for skills needed over the next five years compared to 8% of Baby Boomers.
  • According to the Index, skills in collaboration technology are viewed as the most important skills needed by businesses today and over the next five years, but only 19% of Canadians rate themselves ‘advanced’ in those collaboration technology skills needed for the workplace.

For further details here’s a link to the Digital Skills Index data dashboard here.

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