The Digital Talent Gap: Developing Skills for Today’s Digital Organisations

| Point of view

The shortage of digital skills in the current marketplace is unprecedented. It is estimated that over 4.4 million IT jobs will be created around Big Data by 2015; however, only a third of these new jobs will be filled. This skills shortage is creating a ‘war for digital talent’. Unlike in the past, the hunt for the best talent is no more limited to localised skills in certain departments. In this case, the talent war is manifest across the entire organisation. The important questions are: What skills are most relevant for the digital age? How can organisations plug the skills gap? How are digital leaders developing digital skills?