Investigating the gender skills gap

You might be familiar with the skills gap. But who is it affecting most? The time is ripe for an investigation into the gender skills gap – find out how inequity is eroding training prospects in the office.

When was the last time you learnt a new workplace skill? Skills gap stats would suggest not very recently. Think tank McKinsey suggests that by 2030, 20% of the global workforce will be under-skilled for their jobs, plus up to one-third of work activities could be displaced forcing up to 375 million workers into new roles. Not to mention, in 2019 the CBI estimated that companies are losing around £63bn a year due to the lack of skills.

You may be wondering what these magical skills that we should be learning actually are? Well, unsurprisingly, digital tools and data literacy are top of the list. According to a 2017 study by the Brookings Institution, the use of digital tools has increased in 517 of 545 occupations since 2002 in the United States alone, with a striking upward trend in many lower-skilled occupations.

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