Employers increasingly demand at least basic coding skills

With the growing emphasis on digitizing business processes to improve workflow efficiency, employers are increasingly adopting technologies involving coding skills. This is considered the core competency of professionals to identify and measure issues and make data-driven decisions.

More than half (53%) of employers surveyed cited the growing number of tech-lite jobs that require basic coding skills, and 73% of employers are looking to fill tech-lite positions in the next two years .

These are some of the key findings from NTUC LearningHub’s recently launched Industry Insights report on coding, to uncover the importance of acquiring coding knowledge, the demand for tech-lite and tech-heavy roles, and the skills priorities required of employees.

The report is based on a survey of 200 business leaders from various industries and interviews with practitioners and industry experts from NTUC LearningHub and its training content partners. It also offers recommendations on how aspiring coders of varying backgrounds and skill levels can improve their coding skills.

The report found that a strong majority of employers (84%) agree that there is a growing need for employees in various roles to learn basic coding skills. Nearly a third of them (28%) said that a large part of the roles within their organization required some knowledge of coding.

Although 51% of business leaders believe a traditional college degree is important when considering candidates with coding skills, more than half are open to hiring candidates who don’t. may not have the relevant education (67%) or relevant work experience (65%). %), but have undergone professional training and certification in coding.

Additionally, employers are also looking for talent with essential skills such as problem solving (69%), communication (58%) and digital literacy (52%) as they are complementary to technical skills. an efficient coder.

Commenting on the report’s findings, NTUC LearningHub’s Director of Infocomm Technology, Anthony Chew, said, “Tech-lite coding skills can be learned by beginners with a keen interest in technology and can be applied horizontally across different fields and industries. For example, marketers can learn basic coding skills to automate rudimentary marketing processes using robotic process automation.”

He continues, “Our information indicates that there is a strong demand for light tech roles, and while digitally savvy candidates may qualify for such roles, candidates who have industry-recognized coding certifications have an added advantage and will be in a better position. to advance their careers.

“Therefore, now is the time for workers who wish to improve their employability to seize the opportunity by learning basic coding skills. In the meantime, employers should consider sending their current workforce for training in coding as an investment.At NTUC LearningHub, we have various levels of coding training programs for the diverse needs of our learners.

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