Karin Kimbrough on the rotation of digital skills

Thought leaders share ideas with WorkingNation Overheard at JFF Horizons 2023

“There are certain industries where they’re not looking that hard for talent. Think tech, media, information sector. And then there are sectors where they are still desperately looking for talent,” says Karin Kimbrough, chief economist, LinkedIn.

WorkingNation sat down with Kimbrough at JFF Horizons in New Orleans.

She says, “I hear all the time about manufacturing and utilities that are looking for electrical engineers and mechanical engineers.”

“There still are so many service sector roles that are open, unfilled. If you think hotels and the hospitality industry, restaurants, entertainment – these are all segments of our economy that hire a lot of workers frequently on an hourly wage. And these workers are just in short supply. So, it depends on the sector. Some sectors still have a lot of momentum and some are starting to wane.”

She adds, “From our work, we already see that there’s a 25% rotation in the digital skills that are required since 2015. From 2015 until now, there’s been a 25% changeover in the skills required. And this is for all types of roles.”

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