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Artificial intelligence (AI) skills gap throughout Europe: IBM study

Artificial intelligence (AI) skills gap throughout Europe: IBM study

As per IBM research, the technology sector across Spain, Germany, and the UK struggle to find workers having adequate AI experience or skills.

The AI experience or skills gap throughout Europe endangers digital innovation and curbs economic growth. More than 20% (a quarter) of technology recruiters face difficulty finding employees with the right problem-solving skills.

This is highly important as problem-solving skill is integral for various tech roles. For example, approximately 37% of participants said problem-solving is the most crucial soft skill required for technology positions.

In addition, over 39% of tech employees and job seekers believed that understanding different programming languages and software engineering are the essential technical crafts for the tech/AI workforce.

Importance of AI skills

As artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming more mainstream, various tech persons are working closely with company managers, with interpersonal relationships and critical and strategic problem-solving thinking needed across all disciplines to ensure the best outcomes.

“The growing importance of AI across so many industries should provide ample scope for tech sector growth. Unfortunately, a shortage of AI skills means that these opportunities can be hard to seize,” said Sharon Moore MBE, global technical lead for government at IBM Technology.

“AI is changing the world by automating decisions, predicting outcomes and optimising employees’ time. Yet advances in AI are being slowed by the shortage of workers with skills and experience in areas the report has brought to light”.

There’s a disadvantageous and clear lacuna in the syllabus, so in-house training and teaching from multi-tech companies such as IBM must be prioritized.

Country-specific statistics

While technology companies in Germany and Spain (42%) are given learning opportunities on a range of topics such as data analysis/engineering, software engineering, and programming languages, the United Kingdom falls drastically behind, with only 32% taking such training.

The report further shows that companies who want to improve artificial intelligence recruitment provide skills training and education to their employees. 

With proper upskilling, education, and training, companies can leverage AI and ML to their maximum potential and generate value for society and companies.

Tip: EU’s AI Act can order the destruction or retraining of AI models