A war for talent, or skills?

We are currently facing the Great Resignation, where employees wake up to the post-pandemic possibilities available with roles that suit them more exactly. Yet, vacancies are hitting record levels.

How is this happening? A 2018 report from Korn Ferry noted that “by 2030, demand for skilled workers will outstrip supply, resulting in a global talent shortage of more than 85.2 million people.” This demonstrates the skills shortage is more long-term and not only created by Covid-19.

But what skills do businesses really need? It’s interesting to see Paul Barth, Global Head of Data Literacy at Qlik stress the importance of adaptability and ability to build relationships (see blog here: Defining the new rules of post-pandemic talent management) but what have you found are the skills needed to create effective data teams? Is empathy key? Or do you think it’s another set of skills altogether? I’d be interested to hear.

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