The 2019 Mind the Skills Gap results show UK workers remain apathetic toward learning new skills and this continues to put the UK economy’s ability to compete on the global stage at risk. This is despite technology having a growing impact in the world of work and the UK Government’s proactive efforts to develop a skilled workforce. 

This year 37% of those we surveyed said they don’t feel the need to learn new skills (no movement on last year’s result). 49% said they believe any portion of their role could be automated in the future, up from 38% in 2018. However, the research does show a growing appreciation of the need to integrate with technology and be agile – 26% of workers said they think working seamlessly with new technologies will be one of the most important skills. This said, the number of workers wanting to learn digital skills fell to 23% in 2019 from 27%. Instead, workers are more interested in learning soft skills, like critical thinking, communications and problem-solving, with a rise to 29%, up from 23% last year.

Overall, the research shows little improvement in the appetite for learning or in cultivating new skills for a digital mindset among workers in the UK, putting productivity, economic growth and wellbeing at risk. 

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, through the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, is actively developing its Professional Qualification, training resources and access to Apprenticeships to enable finance professionals to embrace digital transformation and have the skills and competencies they need to succeed in business. For a more detailed look at 2019 Mind the Skills Gap research take a look at the infographic