HRM and skills development – November 2021

03 December 2021

Udemy 2022 Workplace Learning Trend Report
The Udemy 2022 Workplace Learning Trends Report offers a unique perspective on the job skills employees and companies need to be competitive in today’s world. This year’s report examines consumption data across three disciplines - power, tactical, and technical skills - to offer a view into what the global workforce learned in the last year. You can download the report after filling in your details.

1 in 4 employers expect ‘hard-to-fill' vacancies to increase
CIPD reports that recruitment activity continues to gather pace as employers plan to improve wages and job quality as well as upskill staff to counter rising labour shortages. You can download the CIPD Labour Market Outlook: Autumn 2021 here (516 kB).

Interview EVMI identifies packing-filling educational needs food sector
An interview (in Dutch) in the leading Dutch Food trade magazine EVMI with NVC education manager Oscar Faber identifies the urgent packaging educational needs of the food industry as shortages in skilled staff collide with increased demands on efficiency and sustainability in the packing and filling processes. Contact Oscar Faber for more information.

Robots on the move - interaction with the real world
Currently, most robots are seen in industry where they support repetitive tasks, such as in the assembly lines of cars or in the production of microchips. However, in the near future the robot should find his way in less structured environments as well, to be able to work in healthcare or in hazardous environments, such as disaster areas. For his thesis (89.49 MB), PhD researcher Wouter Houtman (Eindhoven University of Technology) investigated the interaction of robots with their environment and developed algorithms to improve their movements in ‘the real world’.

Randstad Workmonitor 2021 update reveals workers’ sentiments
The latest Workmonitor by Randstad (88 kB) finds that more than half (56%) of global workers are on a job hunt, with 30% actively looking and a quarter (26%) recently changing jobs. These figures show that the post-pandemic recovery is prompting workers to reconsider what they want out of their lives and careers. You can download the report after filling in your details.

Food industry Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey results
Employees in the food and beverage industry fared pretty well during the pandemic, says trade journal Food Processing based on their 2021 Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey (1.99 MB). Job satisfaction was 63%. However a long-term threat is the ageing of the workforce: 50% of the 404 respondents are aged over 50.

Disconnected and lonely after COVID, employees favour robots for HRM support
The COVID-19 pandemic has left employees feeling lonely and disconnected from their own lives, according to a new study by Oracle and Workplace Intelligence, an HR research and advisory firm. Notably, 82%believe robots can support their careers better than a human by giving unbiased recommendations (37%); quickly answering questions about their career (33%) or finding new jobs that fit their current skills (32%). You can download the report after filling in your details.

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