MILWAUKEE, Jan. 25, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has led companies to rapidly accelerate digitization plans, according to new ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN) research released this week at World Economic Forum’s #DavosAgenda.
The survey of 26,000+ employers in more than 25 countries finds those companies that are digitizing most are creating the most jobs.
Organizations are accelerating their digitization as a result of the pandemic – 38% are speeding up, while just 17% have put plans on hold.
At the same time, more jobs are being created than destroyed – 86% of employers that are digitizing plan to increase or maintain their headcount, compared to just 11% of employers who plan to reduce or hold their automation plans
“Our research reinforces that digital transformation is occurring at an unprecedented pace – creating jobs and driving sweeping change with the potential to improve people’s lives and create a more connected world.” Said Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup Chairman & CEO. “Today tech breakthroughs are driving mass vaccination programs, workforce transformation and flexibility, plus a call for better work-life blend, more upskilling and greater autonomy over how, when and where work gets done. One year into the pandemic though, we are seeing the emergence of a K-shaped recovery. Some industries and people are bouncing back faster and better – those in growth sectors and those with high-demand skills – while others are at risk of falling further behind. Helping people to pre-skill, upskill and reskill for in-demand roles in this Skills Revolution remains the defining challenge of this decade. At the #DavosAgenda this week we look forward to identifying shared solutions and accelerating action to enable everyone to unleash their full human potential and have a more equitable share of the prosperity.”
The impact of the pandemic on digitization differs significantly around the world: Employers in Germany, Austria, Japan, and Italy report automation has accelerated most as the result of COVID-19 while those in the U.S., France and the U.K. are least likely to have sped up digitization.
Larger organizations are digitizing and hiring most: Conversely, smaller organizations have been most impacted by the pandemic and are more likely to have put digitization plans on hold and reduced hiring plans.
HR bucks its own trend as it accelerates as business priority: Companies are realizing HR is critical in helping people reskill and redeploy as digitization accelerates. Organizations that are automating most are also planning significant increases in HR headcount (net increase of +15%).
Soft skill training needs to play catch up: Soft skills including resilience, collaboration, creativity and leadership are in increasing demand yet only one in five employers (19%) are investing in upskilling programs focusing on soft skills. Training is trending shorter too. Employers know people want more applicable, bite-size, curated content that is relevant to specific roles and functions.
COVID-19 has shifted in HR priorities for the long-term: HR leaders see employee health and wellbeing as the most important priority, with 63% set to put it top of their agenda for 2021 and beyond.
When skills needs are changing faster than ever, organizations need refreshed talent and workforce development strategies to attract, develop, engage and retain the best talent. Skills Revolution Reboot provides innovative solutions for the Skills Revolution and highlights ManpowerGroup’s offerings:
SkillsInSight™: ManpowerGroup’s proprietary assessment to help people identify their strengths and work preferences and help organizations to predict an individual’s likely fit for the role.
MyPath: helps progress talent from one role to the next, from declining industries to growth sectors, closing the skills gap, improving people’s employability and helping to address the economic and social impact of the pandemic.
Experis Tech Academies work with a broad range of clients, technical schools and universities to design curriculum for learners that can be applied on the job even before the learning is complete.
ManpowerGroup executives Jonas Prising, Michelle Nettles, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Francois Lancon, Harld Peters and Becky Frankiewicz will be leading and participating in discussions at this week’s virtual #DavosAgenda. Jonas will join Angel Gurria, Secretary-General OECD in a virtual session on Skilling The Global Workforce, moderated by the BBC on Thursday January 28 at 16.15-17.00 CET. Follow the conversation: @ManpowerGroup.
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