6 in 10 Hongkongers learn AI themselves to ensure employability

Digital skills bring positive impact to job opportunities (image iStock/fizkes)

More than four-fifths (83%) of Hongkongers are aware that they need to upskill if they want to work in a digital-led environment. Artificial intelligence (AI) is the new technology that is proactively learned by most of the respondents (63%) to boost their career prospects. 

These are some key findings from the latest Workmonitor survey report released by recruitment and human resources services company Randstad.

83% of the respondents said they need to acquire new skills to take advantage of new opportunities that come with emerging technologies and new innovations. The same numbers of respondents are willing to personally acquire more digital skills to guarantee their employability in the future.

Automation, robotics, and AI are the digital skills that will bring positive impact to job opportunities in the next five to 10 years, according to 76% of the respondents.

However, more than six in 10 Hongkongers (62%) feel pressured to develop digital skills. Respondents aged 55 to 67 feel most stress, with 81% of them feel pressured to develop their skills to keep up with digital developments. For other age groups, 66% of the age group 18-34 feel pressured, while 56% of respondents aged 35-54 feel the same pressure. 

To learn new emerging technologies, almost four-fifths (79%) of respondents think that their employers should provide them with adequate training to acquire new digital skills and increase productivity. Yet, only 46% said that their employers are doing so.  63% of the respondents are investing in themselves by learning artificial intelligence (AI) to meet demands in the labor market.

“Companies in Hong Kong need to invest more in new technologies and training,” said Randstad in the survey report.

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