Future Skills Survey Report

Insights on the skills companies expect to be most and least important to them over the next three years.

 

According to Mercer’s 2021 Pay for Skills survey study, 43% of survey respondents ranked their need for in-demand skills to be higher or significantly higher than others. But that urgency around meeting future skills needs is not reflected in strategic response. Indeed the study found that only 12% of companies have a formal skills strategy for monitoring market demand and the availability of skills.

 

This report aims to help bridge that gap, providing organizations with the wider market knowledge they need to make informed decisions around skills assessment, career development and workforce transformation.

 

 

Nearly 200 companies from various industry sectors participated in Mercer’s Future Skills Survey, conducted in partnership with Crunchr. Skills were assessed across a range of categories, including technological and innovative, commercial, personality and collaborative.

 

The report provides detailed information on the following:

  • The types of skills that participating companies value most
  • The skills organizations expect to be the most important over the next three years
  • Companies’ confidence that they will be able to meet expected skills needs over the next three years
  • Employer perspectives on skills that are particularly susceptible to automation

 

Based on the survey findings, the Future Jobs Survey Report will provide information on the following:

 

  • The job categories participating organizations value most
  • The roles employers expect to be the most and least in demand over the next three years
  • The level of confidence among companies that they will be able to meet expected needs over the next three years for each job through workforce planning
  • Employer expectations around work and workforce transformation in the future across different job families
  • The job families companies view as evolving fastest
  • Job families employers consider to be at greatest risk from automation
  • Roles that companies think will need to be recruited externally because talent pools are lacking in-house

Future Jobs Survey Report

Insights on the jobs companies expect to be most important to them over the next three years as well as detailed information around how work is expected to change in the future for each job family.

 

118 companies from various industry sectors participated in Mercer’s Future Jobs Survey, conducted in partnership with Crunchr. The survey assessed jobs under various categories, including commercial, corporate/administration/data and technology.

 

Of particular note, the survey found that jobs related to data and technology are expected to be a crucial focus for businesses over the next three years.

 

Download our reports: "Future Skills" and "Future Jobs"

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