Irish People View Digital Skills As Important

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Digital skills are becoming more important in today’s society with the increasing use of computers, laptops and smart phones. It would arguably be hard to find an office related job that does not require some use of digital technology. This has been confirmed with a recent survey that has been commissioned by Ricoh Ireland that looked into the views of Irish people on digital skills.

The study of 500 workers found that Irish people believed that digital skills should be taught in schools to improve the skills of young people; however this need is not being met. In fact, only 29% of Irish people believed that schools are providing children with the necessary skills to cope in the digital era.

Their confidence did increase however when it came to Irish third-level education with 64% feeling that new graduates are prepared digitally to enter the workplace. Despite this, half of respondents (50%) feel that the Irish education system is in fact falling behind European counter parts with only 22% feeling confident that it does not.

Employers Expected To Provide Digital Training

It’s not just in the Irish education system though that people expect to receive training to improve their digital skills, but also in the workplace. Only 49% of office workers felt that their employer was providing them with enough to develop their digital skills, skills which are often seen as crucial in today’s workplace.

This is incredibly important because the younger generation need to be fully trained in digital skills that will benefit the workplace in the future. It is equally important though to ensure that those who are already currently in employment have skills that are up to date and fresh.

With just under half of those surveyed responding negatively to their employer providing them with development opportunities, it could understandably be seen as a worrying prospect to Irish employers. This is because 41% of respondents also said that if another job offered better development opportunities for digital skills, they would leave their current job.

This desire to develop digital skills can be seen as even more important in today’s world where automation is slowly becoming more popular. The digital transformation of the workplace is resulting in Irish workers becoming more worried about their job security with one-in-five (19%) feeling that they are concerned that their job could either be at risk or come into competition with automation or even artificial intelligence technologies.

Chas Moloney, Director, Ricoh Ireland & UK, said: “Increasingly Ireland is being viewed worldwide as a tech hub, but in order for businesses to be competitive in the digital era, they must start by making changes from within their organisation.

“Business owners need to realise the benefits that technology can bring to their workforce and business; it increases employee productivity and therefore can boost their bottom lines. The time to invest in technology and employees’ digital skills is now.”


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