Which Future Skills Are Critical to Success Today and in the Future? Quantitative and Qualitative Study Based on a Survey of Representatives of German Industrial Firms and Associations in Manufacturing

  •  Stefan Stark    


Purpose: The study aims to provide company managers with a basis for considering the need for company-specific future skills and deriving suitable and sustainable qualification measures from this in good time.

Design/methodology/approach: Based on an online survey of works council committees and HR departments, the question is to be answered as to which competencies will be imperatively needed in the future in order to be able to meet future tasks and requirements in the professional world. 

Findings and Originality: The study aims to identify current needs and anticipate skills gaps. This should enable companies today to identify and build up the necessary skills of tomorrow. The study can serve as an impetus for a strategic orientation in the human resources policy of companies. In this way, it makes a contribution to ensuring competitiveness in the long term and placing the human factor at the center.

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