Politico: digital jobs unfilled amid high unemployment.

February 16, 2021 Mike Smith

With more people out of work than in years prior, and remote working giving companies access to talent from anywhere in the world, many would think that the workforce is an employer’s market. Yet, 40% of organizations report that they are struggling to find the skilled talent they need.

That’s the finding from Randstad Sourceright’s 2021 Talent Trends Report. The research finds that the talent gap is particularly wide in the area of digital literacy and accompanying skill sets. With the right upskilling and reskilling programs, however, some non-digital skills can be transferable in the age of robotics and automation.

Employers need to be “implementing reskilling programs to gain a competitive edge as they recover from the pandemic,” says Mike Smith, global CEO of Randstad Sourceright. Employers overwhelmingly agree (90%) that reskilling is their responsibility; yet, they also want support from governments to help build and fund formal programs.

Learn more about closing the digital skills gap in Politico. You can also get your exclusive copy of the 2021 Talent Trends Report, “Rewrite your talent strategy playbook during extraordinary times,” to see the top 10 HR trends that are impacting organizations’ talent strategies for this year.

About the Author

Mike Smith

With a 16-year career at Randstad, Mike Smith brings a wealth of experience in the talent acquisition industry to his role as Randstad Sourceright global CEO. Smith joined Randstad in January 2005 as a graduate recruitment executive and has since held various operational and leadership roles for Randstad including managing Randstad’s business operations in Australia, managing director for Southeast Asia, CEO of Randstad UK and managing director of Randstad Sourceright in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. An active driver of Randstad’s “tech and touch” strategy, in his role as CEO, Smith continues to elevate Randstad Sourceright's customer value propositions, seek out ongoing areas for differentiation and embed change through investment in business transformation technology.

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