Employers demanding more from their workforce

Almost 90 per cent of Australian workers believe their employers are making higher demands on their skills than they were five years ago, according to a new report.

The latest Randstad Workmonitor found that 73 per cent of Aussies expect their job requirements will become even more demanding in the future. However, while over a quarter are worried they’ll be unable to fulfil employer expectations, they believe the responsibility to develop skills is that of their employer.

Steve Shepherd of Randstad said it’s important businesses and employees place a premium on developing skills together.

“This needs to be done at all levels of an organisation, to keep local businesses at the forefront of global industries. As an industry professional, developing strong skillsets will help you stand out from others in your field,” Shepherd said.

“Ultimately, the responsibility rests with both the individual and the employer. All businesses need to actively invest in training and up-skilling their employees, and Australians should feel more encouraged to seek out opportunities to do so from their employer,” he added.

The two areas that stand out are digital literacy and social skills. Almost 70 per cent of survey respondents said employers are placing more importance on their social skill set.

Shepherd believes businesses should welcome the opportunity to develop their workforce, and harness their passions and interests.

“Finding areas which are useful to both the organisation and the employee is often the key to future growth and higher performance and productivity,” Shepherd said.

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