Digital Change: Why the skills shortage is not the problem
State of digitalization in German companies
In a survey conducted by the recruitment consultancy Careerteam, a recruitment company specializing in the digital economy, Chief Digital Officers of various companies were surveyed. In total, 65 CDOs from small and medium-sized companies as well as from corporations were surveyed . The aim of the survey was to analyze barriers that have a negative impact on digital transformation . In addition, the current status quo should be evaluated. In summary, the CDOs should predict the impact of digitization on employee numbers.
Overall, according to respondents, there are five main areas of work that play a role in the digital transformation. 86 respondents named the digitization of business processes and ranked this field of work at the top of the list. Subsequently, the cloud solutions came in second place. After all, 75 percent of the surveyed digitization experts said that this is a relevant field of work. Digitization of internal communications also reached 75 percent of respondents on the relevant list. The external communication, which reached a relevance of 74 percent, was listed below. In the last place of the most important digital work fields, the digital distribution channels landed with a share of 68 percent.
Digitization experts see room for improvement in digitization
On request, only five percent of CDOs said they were very satisfied with the current state of digitization . A further 40 percent of the experts said that digitization is progressing satisfactorily. However, every fifth digitization expert is dissatisfied with the digital transformation. Above all, the superiors and the management play a decisive role when it comes in the opinion of the digital experts. Two-thirds of the respondents also stated that the permanent staff lacked qualifications and readiness to change. According to 59 percent of respondents, corporate culture also plays an important role in preventing the digital transformation. Another 54 percent of the digital strategists see a lack of willingness to change in the management. Only 51 percent of the respondents see a shortage of skilled workers as an obstacle to the digital transformation.
The lack of digital qualification is also not a lack of specialized knowledge such as programming skills. Rather, the basic and comprehensive digital knowledge is described here.
Career Team founder and CEO Ole Mensching confirms that lack of management support and adherence to old practices would slow down the digital transformation . Even a missing qualification is a demotivation factor of digital strategists. In particular, the high relevance of digital transformation is astonishing, as the experts said that around 80 percent of employees are affected by digital transformation. However, digitization is not a process that would lead to massive layoffs. This becomes particularly clear when the hiring intentions of companies are taken into account, as two-thirds of respondents said that by 2023 new employees should be hired. On the other hand, every third company wants to delete jobs. However, only 14 percent of the companies surveyed believe that real job cuts will take place. Above all, medium-sized companies with less than 5,000 employees want to create new jobs within the next few years.