The number of LinkedIn profiles citing skills in artificial intelligence (AI) has grown 14 times in India over the past seven years, the website said on Thursday, making the country among the top five in the world with the fastest growing talent pool for technology. has joined.

India, Singapore, Finland, Ireland and Canada have the fastest rate of adoption of AI skills, says the professional networking platform’s first ‘Future of Work: State of Work @ AI’. The adoption of skills extends beyond technology to a number of industries including retail, education and financial services.

Over the past year, 43 percent of the Indian workforce has seen an increase in the use of AI in their organizations. This boom has led 60 percent of all workers and 71 percent of so-called Generation Z professionals to believe that acquiring AI skills could improve their career prospects. Two out of three Indians said they would learn at least one digital skill in 2023; AI and machine learning are among the top skills they want to learn.

The report’s analysis of 25 countries found that the number of LinkedIn members adding AI skills to their profiles nearly doubled since last year’s launch of ChatGPT, a popular AI chatbot that answers a series of written questions , rising from 7.7 percent in May. 13 percent in November 2022 to November 2022-June 2023.

The emphasis on soft skills such as creativity and communication in the age of AI is particularly strong in India, the report said. Nearly 91 percent of top executives recognize the growing importance of AI skills, which is higher than the global average of 72 percent. A majority of the Indian workforce agrees with this sentiment as 7 out of 10 (69 per cent) professionals believe that soft skills such as creativity and problem solving allow them to bring a fresh perspective to work.

Software engineers (96 percent), customer service representatives (76 percent), and salespeople (59 percent) are the top occupations with skills that can be enhanced by generative AI. On the other hand, oil field operators (1 percent), environmental health protection specialists (3 percent), and nurses (6 percent) are the occupations with the least enhanced skills.

Half of India’s top executives aim to upskill or hire AI talent by 2023. Also, 57 percent of executives plan to increase the use of AI in their organizations over the next year.

“As AI shapes the future of work, India recognizes the importance of human potential and the critical role of soft skills in building the world-class workforce of the future. With India’s top executives endorsing the potential of interpersonal skills in the age of AI, we are entering an era that values ​​more gratifying, human-centred work,” said Ashutosh Gupta, Country Manager, LinkedIn India Said.

LinkedIn also announced that it will invest Rs 3 crore in a three-year partnership with The/Nuz Institute, a non-profit for resilient livelihoods, to build employability skills among young Indians from economically disadvantaged communities. Will do

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