- Sixty-eight percent of U.S. workers would focus on studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, if they could restart their educational journeys at age 18, according to a Randstad US survey.
- The observation may have something to do with the value employees see in STEM occupations, Randstad said, as 60% of respondents believe their employers have trouble recruiting talent for such roles. Sixty-two percent said their employers should invest more in developing digital skills, yet just under half are personally investing time into learning about artificial intelligence — in part because their employers aren’t providing such training.
- American employees are more optimistic about being replaced by technology compared to their peers in other countries, Randstad said, as only 27% of U.S. respondents feel they’ll be replaced in the next five to 10 years. More than half (58%) of U.S. workers said they believe it will increasingly become difficult for their employers to meet demand for talent in the future.
The search for skilled workers continues to challenge employers, and it isn’t likely to let up soon. According to a 2018 survey by the Consumer Technology Association, 74% of employers said they expected finding employees with technical skills would become more difficult. Employees may be ready to improve their digital skill sets, but too few employers offer needed training. Similar to Randstad’s survey, other research shows workers are taking charge of their own learning.
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