Half of Employees That Need to Re-Skill Don’t Ask for Help, an edX Survey Finds

IBL News | New York

More than one-third of employees have experienced a lack of proficiency in at least one new skill or subject area of a current or past job – usually related to data science (39%) or business and soft skills (37%). However, nearly half of these employees don’t feel comfortable asking their employer to help pay for learning costs, and one in four people have asked an outside resource for help.

These are the main conclusions of a survey conducted by edX on 1,000 consumers aged 18+ on reskilling trends.

“The fourth industrial revolution is here, and as technology continues to evolve rapidly, employees must continue to reskill to keep up with the shifting demands of their job,” explained Adam Medros, President & COO at edX.

According to the World Economic Forum, 1.4 million U.S. jobs alone are expected to be disrupted by technology and other factors between now and 2026.

Survey’s respondents are split between who should be responsible for making sure that they are prepared for the jobs of the future with the right skills – 41% feel it is an individual’s responsibility; 33% feel its an employer’s responsibility; 16% believe it’s higher education’s responsibility; and 9% believe it’s up to the government.

edX’s Press release