India leads in digital skills readiness with 72% actively learning new skills: Salesforce

BENGALURU: India leads in digital skills readiness, with 72% of survey respondents saying they are very actively learning digital skills to prepare for the future of work, according to latest global index Salesforce digital skills.

Around 66% of respondents in India said they felt equipped to acquire digital skills. The index is based on a survey of more than 23,500 workers in 19 countries, with an average global readiness score of 33 out of 100.

Globally, collaboration technology skills, like Slack, are considered the most important required by businesses, with only 25% of respondents having “advanced” collaboration technology skills needed specifically for the workplace. .

Digital marketing was ranked as the top workplace skill in India, with only 39% of respondents rating their workplace digital marketing skill level as ‘advanced’.

Globally, 51% of respondents and in India, 54% of respondents want to learn new skills to help them develop their career. By harnessing the potential of the existing workforce, companies can accelerate progress towards closing their skills gaps.

The index also finds that globally, younger respondents have more confidence and ambition to learn new skills – more than a third of Gen Z are “very actively” learning and training for the skills. needed over the next five years. However, in India, baby boomers are leading the way with 83% of respondents “actively” learning and training for the skills needed now.

According to IDC, India’s sales force economy will create 1.3 million jobs and $66.4 billion in new sales revenue by 2026. Salesforce said it is driving the growth of its sales force ecosystem. partners in India, which would bring in $6.55 for every dollar Salesforce earns locally by 2026.

“In a digital world, the skills gap has reached an inflection point. Indian businesses have made a concerted effort to close the gap and the results are there for us to see. India is rapidly growing to become a global talent powerhouse with the potential to lead this global transition to a whole new digital economy,” said Arundhati Bhattacharya, CEO and President of Salesforce India.

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