Less than a year since generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools became widely available, over two-thirds (67%) of job seekers in the US have already seen AI technology used in recruitment efforts.
Findings from Beamery’s latest “Talent Index” also reveal that, while 49% of the current workforce have seen an increase in AI within their organization, 76% of employees haven’t received training in the use of AI, even though more than half (58%) of them are open to using it in their current role.
As AI becomes more prevalent in mainstream job functions, employers will need to invest in resources to provide employees with up- and reskilling courses the modern workforce will require. Over half (52%) of employees would be interested in gaining new skills at their current workplace, but of these respondents, 38% were not actively engaged in learning opportunities.
Among those interested in learning new skills, the top reasons were to challenge themselves (56%) and a desire to earn more money (50%) – outranking concerns of current skill sets becoming obsolete (21%).
This appetite for skills development presents business leaders with an opportunity to tap into the unrealized potential of the workforce – the majority (58%) of employees say they don’t think their full set of skills are being utilized at their organization.
Further, a lack of career development opportunities (32%) is the second most popular reason why employees would consider leaving their current roles, following salary (43%).
There appears to be an even divide among workers in the US planning to stay in their current job (46%) and those planning to leave (46%) over the next year. Of those employees who plan to stay with their organization, they cite feeling appreciated (51%), positive culture (48%), and flexibility in terms of where they work (39%) as top reasons why.
That said, 81% of US employees are confident they could find a new job in the current environment, signaling to employers that not investing in employee development and engagement could result in talent loss.
“More than half of today’s workforce seeks to develop new skills, yet few are given the opportunity or feel they are using their current skill sets to their full potential,” said Abakar Saidov, Co-Founder and CEO of Beamery. “Employers must recognize this critical tipping point and actively work to build a culture of learning and development.
“By taking advantage of the new tech paradigm AI provides, organizations can uncover the skills they have and need to better engage and retain talent.”
An online survey was conducted by Atomik Research among 2,501 respondents from the USA, all of whom were office workers. The research fieldwork took place on 28 July – 3 August 2023. Atomik Research is an independent creative market research agency that employs MRS-certified researchers and abides to MRS code.