Research out today from Cap Gemini & LinkedIn highlights how a lack of digital talent is impacting on business performance. Over half the employers surveyed admit that they're losing competitive advantage and cannot attract the talent they seek. With some specialists being headhunted upwards of 13 times a year, this isn't surprising and chimes with TMP's recent research into Digital Employment which underlines the need for greater soft (as well as hard) digital skills.
The digital talent gap is widening. Moreover, over half (54%) of organizations agreed that the digital talent gap is hampering their transformation programs and that their organization has lost competitive advantage because of a shortage of digital talent. 29% of employees believe their skill set is redundant now or will be in the next one to two years, while more than a third (38%) believe their skill set will be redundant in the next four to five years. The talent gap in soft digital skills is more pronounced than in hard digital skills. The report identified that people with experience in soft digital skills, such as customer-centricity and passion for learning are most in demand by organizations, and are an increasingly important characteristic of a well-rounded digital professional.