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47% of workforce unprepared for AI-driven future — CEO survey

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CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM — A recent survey conducted by edX and Workplace Intelligence reveals that 47% of the workforce is unprepared for the future of work, as executives estimate that nearly half (49%) of the skills that exist in their workforce today won’t be relevant in 2025. 

The study “Navigating the Workplace in the Age of AI” highlights the need for increased investment in learning and development programs focused on AI, with 72% of C-Suite executives supporting such initiatives over the next 1-2 years.

The survey of 800 C-suite executives and 800 knowledge workers examined how professionals across organizations are preparing for an AI-driven workplace. Key findings indicate significant gaps between the perspectives of executives and employees:

  • 87% of executives say they are struggling to find talent with AI skills, even as 77% believe AI is already disrupting their business strategy.
  • Just 20% of employees think most or all of their role could be replaced by AI, compared to 49% of CEOs who believe their entire role could be automated.
  • 72% of executives support increasing investment in AI training over the next 1-2 years, but only 24% of employees are currently utilizing company-sponsored AI skill development programs.

The pace of AI adoption is clearly accelerating, with 60% of executives estimating their workforce will need some AI proficiency within the year. However, companies seem unprepared to reskill employees at the rate required.

“With more companies moving full speed ahead toward an AI-driven workplace, leaders are faced with an important decision: Embrace AI or be left behind,” said Andy Morgan, Head of edX for Business. 

“While there are many ways executives can adapt their business, offering an outcomes-based learning and development program should be a central part of the long-term strategy to integrate AI.”

Previously, experts expressed confidence in AI generating more jobs rather than replacing them. 

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