10 October

Trending skills

Recently, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) have come across some interesting findings that seem to go against skills gap predictions.

Here are some highlights from their report “What’s Trending in Jobs and Skills” (WTJS).

THE PARADOX OF TRUCK DRIVER JOBS (#5 FAST-GROWING JOB)

Between 2015-2018 the demand for Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators rose by 36%  – an increase almost mirrored in the growth in demand for Light-Truck or Delivery Services Drivers, which increased by 32%.

In 2018, the truck driver shortage in the USA rose close to 300,000 – a notable number for an industry whose demise in the face of self-driving cars has been predicted by many. It is possible that those same predictions have become self-fulfilling, deterring would be applicants from the industry.

Top Ten Fast-Growing Jobs Ranked by Online Postings (2018, ‘000s). Waiters and Waitresses, Janitors and Cleaners, as well as Child Care Workers all hold the top positions. Neither Waiters and Waitresses, nor Janitors and Cleaners, were in the league in the previous year bracket (2015-2018 – see below). Child Care Workers moved down two places.

FLAGSHIP SKILLS IN DEMAND

According to BCG, flagship skills are those that have made more than 10,000 appearances each in 2018 online job postings.

With the exception of ‘Microsoft Office/Productivity Tools’ (a now almost ‘traditional’ digital tool), the skills that dominate the top of the flagship skills group (by total number of postings in 2018) are all related to the business sector.

FAST GROWING SKILLS

Unsurprisingly, digital skills dominate the fast-growing skills group, which include: artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud solutions, machine learning, and those related to the fintech industry.

The common theme uniting this group of skills is the adoption of new technologies across a relatively broad base of business activity and sectors.

In terms of the fast-growing skills that have experienced the largest increases in demand over the 2015-2018 period, the top are a relatively varied collection – the Internet of Things (IoT) sits one place above Animal Care, for example. The latter is an example of a number of skills categorised as ‘Social Services, Personal Services, and Education’ (Child Care is another), the second most common type of skill in the list after digital. The report concludes that this is indicative of the growing preference in general well-being and leisure.

DECLINING SKILLS

But not all digital skills are thriving.

“As new technologies replace old ones, the demand for older technology skills is, as one would expect, declining. Demand is sagging for skills like PHP web, backup software, servers, enterprise management software, and assembly languages. Reskilling becomes a pressing need for workers whose main skill set consists of such competencies.”

Read the report here.

27 November 2019
FAST FACTS ON SUCCESSFUL DIGITAL TALENT PIPELINES
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Recently, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) have come across some interesting findings that seem to go against skills gap predictions. Here are some highlights from their report “What’s Trending in Jobs and Skills” (WTJS). THE PARADOX OF TRUCK DRIVER JOBS (#5 FAST-GROWING JOB) Between 2015-2018 the demand for Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators rose by 36%  […]

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