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Survey shows AI skills vital to get hired

Use of generative AI has nearly doubled in the last six months. 75%of global knowledge workers are using it. The pressure to make AI use profitable is making leaders inertWhile leaders agree AI is a business imperative, many believe their organisation lacks a plan and vision to go from individual impact to applying AI to drive the bottom line.  66% of leaders say they would not hire someone without AI skills, a report from Microsoft and Microsoft-owned LinkedIn says. The survey comprises 31,000 people across 31 countries. 

“Despite fears of job loss, leaders report a talent shortage for key roles. And as more employees eye a career move, managers say AI aptitude could rival experience. For many employees, AI will raise the bar but break the career ceiling.”

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Other key findings:

  • 78% of AI users are bringing their own AI to work.
  • While 79% of leaders believe their company needs to adopt AI to stay competitive, 60% of leaders worry their organization’s leadership lacks a plan and vision to implement it.
  • 66% of leaders say they would not hire someone without AI skills. • 71% say they’d rather hire a less experienced candidate with AI skills than a more experienced candidate without.
  • There was a 142x increase in skills like Copilot and ChatGPT added to LinkedIn profiles last year. 

 What AI users say:

  • Users say AI helps them save time (90%), focus on their most important work (85%), be more creative (84%), and enjoy their work more (83%). 
  • The heaviest users of video call solution Teams (the top 5%) summarised 8 hours of meetings using Copilot in the month of March, the equivalent of a workday.
  • 52% of people who use AI at work are reluctant to admit to using it for their most important tasks.
  • 53% of people who use AI at work worry that using it on important work tasks makes them look replaceable.
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“Work has accelerated faster than employees’ ability to keep up. The data is clear: People are overwhelmed with digital debt and under duress at work—and they are turning to AI for relief”, the report says: 

  • 68% of people say they struggle with the pace and volume of work, and 46% feel burned out.
  • Email overload persists—85% of emails are read in under 15 seconds, and the typical person has to read about 4 emails for every 1 they send.
  • Meetings and after-hours work are holding steady at their post-pandemic highs, and the workday still skews toward communication: in the Microsoft 365 apps, users spend 60% of their time on emails, chats, and meetings, and only 40% in creation apps like Word and PowerPoint.
  • While some professionals worry AI will replace their job (45%), about the same share (46%) say they’re considering quitting in the year ahead—higher than the 40% who said the same ahead of 2021’s Great Reshuffle.
  • In the US, LinkedIn studies show a 14% increase in job applications per role since last fall, with 85% of professionals considering a new job this year.
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