The report is an extended version of the yearly Global Skills Index and takes the data from the Coursera platform and its millions of users to better understand the skills trends and how they relate to the economy.
The pandemic economy has accelerated the creation of a complex landscape that threatens to leave millions of workers ill-prepared for the digital future. This stems from a polarised labour market; massive losses in some sectors and huge growth in others. The result is reduced economic opportunity, especially for women and those with limited access to the internet and learning.
Looking at the learner data shows that investing in skills has a positive effect on innovation, labour participation, wealth equality and economic output. This, in turn, helps the digital transformation and can have ripple effects on other challenges, like climate change.
There’s a need for continuous upskilling and reskilling, but success is related to upbringing and environment. This need is reflected by the (reducing) shelf life of skills, mainly around technology and data skills.
On the other hand, research shows that top skills for entry-level jobs are attainable with hours of (online) learning, not years. The majority of learners spend less than three hours per week on their course, which shows how accessible career improvements are.
The remaining part of the report extensively reports on worldwide regional skills trends in business, technology and data science. And it zooms in on the future skills categories; the top jobs, top fields of study and skills profiles.