Gartner: Workers apply 54% of the new skills they learn

Dive Brief:

  • The number of skills required for a single job is increasing by 10% year-over-year, but workers are applying 54% of the new skills they learn, according to an analysis by Gartner published Aug. 19.
  • Meanwhile, 33% of the skills workers needed three years ago are no longer relevant, Gartner said, and disruptions like the COVID-19 pandemic “continue to amplify the need for new skills as business strategies shift and employees adapt to new ways of working.” As a result, the firm said nearly two-thirds of HR leaders have taken a reactive approach to address these shifts, which in turn leads to a lack of skills application by workers.
  • But predicting and committing to a set of future skills can lead employers to focus on the wrong ones, Gartner said. Instead, the firm advocated a “dynamic skills approach” that anticipates skills shifts as they are occurring and adapts to
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