Canadian Workforce’s Surging Interest in AI Skills Revealed by LinkedIn’s Latest Reports

 LinkedIn’s latest Workforce Confidence Index explores the growing presence of AI in Canada’s workforce. The report reveals that 50 per cent of Canadian workers express a strong interest in acquiring AI-related skills to advance their careers, highlighting a strong appetite for technical expertise that aligns with AI. Other key takeaways from the report include: 

  • Generational disparities in digital skills: Millennials and Gen Z show stronger interest in AI and machine learning skills (35 per cent and 29 per cent respectively) compared to the broader workforce (26 per cent), highlighting younger professionals’ leadership in adopting digital skills.  
  • Balanced mix of expertise: 61 per cent of respondents emphasize the increasing importance of soft skills like problem-solving, time management, and teamwork in conjunction with AI’s growth.   
  • Increasing AI integration: Over a quarter of professionals report a 25 per cent growth in AI’s role over the past year.  

 Unsurprisingly, AI is also top of mind for Canadian leaders as LinkedIn’s Executive Confidence Index found that 43 per cent of Canadian Executives are planning to elevate their organization’s AI integration within the next year. These insights are included in LinkedIn’s first global Future of Work Report: AI at Workwhich looks at the emerging trends within AI in the workplace. Based on insights from over 950 million professionals worldwide, the report emphasizes how AI is accelerating significant shifts within the workforce. Some other key Canadian takeaways from the Executive Confidence Index include:   

  • Soft skills surge: A staggering 90 per cent of Canadian executives recognize the surge in importance of soft skills. Notably, 66 per cent assert that soft skills now outshine even the brightest AI skills in their organizations.  
  • Mixed sentiments on AI impact: While 27 per cent of Canadian executives believe AI won’t significantly impact their workforce and 15 per cent are uncertain, a proactive stance emerges. 30 per cent are gearing up to upskill or hire for AI skills, compared to 17 per cent for soft skills.  
  • Emphasis on human element: Only 5 per cent of Canadian executives intend to assess roles and reduce headcount due to AI. This shared commitment to growth and innovation underscores the importance of the human element in driving organizations forward.  

 The full report can be found here.

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