According to our research, we see an accelerating trend towards hybrid working, with many employees now desiring greater flexibility in their workplace going forward. Moreover, we have observed that in many labour markets, demand for remote work has increased steadily during the crisis and right across all industries and company sizes.
Our workforce transformation survey has also shown that when it comes to the most in-demand skills, 84% of business leaders and 59% of workers identified data analytics and data science skills as their top priority for the future. Additionally, skills such as resilience, emotional intelligence, and creativity have also become must-haves. I like to refer to this new skills trend as STEM-PATHY.
The Reskilling Revolution: What we are doing
At the Adecco Group, we have been active on the reskilling front in at least three ways:
First, recognising the significance for our colleagues to have the right skills and capabilities to serve our clients in new ways, our TAG University (TAG U) prioritises a robust learning eco-system that sets Adecco Group colleagues on a path for continuous growth. TAG U will bring together the best of the Group’s 360° HR service offerings, as well as external experts to create dedicated curriculums for all colleagues across functions and hierarchies. Our colleagues will thus be able to develop their digital, agile and critical capabilities by, for instance, taking the courses offered by General Assembly.
Second, to help our associates, we are pioneering local solutions based on individual markets' needs. For instance, in France, our "CDI Apprenant" initiative targets 17 types of positions corresponding to 400,000 unfilled job offers. These cut across the entire salary range and include positions such as consultants, electromechanics, IT support, or nursing assistants. In the US, our Adecco Academy has partnered with Penn Foster community colleges to up- and reskill thousands of associates to fill jobs in areas including contact tracing, warehousing, or distribution.