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The skills algorithm: Digital skills demand across Canada’s labour market

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Key Takeaway
The rise of remote work has boosted demand for the basic digital skills that are needed for many jobs in the modern workforce. AI and the increasing use of big data will increase employers’ demands for digital know-how.

 

The authors used online job posting data from January 2020 to June 2023 to learn more about the demand for digital skills.

The report finds that there has not been a significant change in demand for overall digital skills in recent years, despite the shift to remote work. However, it finds that there has been an increase in demand for skills with lower digital intensity, such as videoconferencing, word processing, spreadsheet skills and internet navigation. Meanwhile, there was little change in the demand for high-intensity digital skills, such as those needed for programming, coding, web development or cybersecurity.

The paper highlights that many employers are seeking a hybrid combination of both skill types.

The authors predict that AI and big data will increase the demand for digital skills in the future.

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