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Coursera has published its "Job Skills of 2023 report", which explores the fastest-growing digital and human skills on Coursera entering 2023. This report specifically draws on data from Coursera’s 4 million enterprise learners across 3,000 businesses, 3,600 higher education institutions, and governments in over 100 countries. By identifying in-demand job skills, institutions can better equip their employees, citizens, and students with the knowledge needed to enter a competitive job market and advance their careers. In addition, the report equips institutions with the insights to build skills-based learning strategies that address the needs of today’s global workforce.

Global job skills trends in the report include:

  • The fastest-growing skills are digital skills. The ongoing evolution of technology means employers are regularly seeking new digital competencies from potential hires while also reskilling existing workers. 
  • The fastest-growing digital skills are changing more significantly than the fastest-growing human skills. The top ten digital skills vary significantly from last year—only two have carried over year-on-year: data visualization and user experience
  • Management skills to guide teams through change are among the fastest growing. Organizations are recognizing the increasing importance of leadership and management skills necessary to effectively manage change at the individual, team, and organizational level.
  • Skills centered on user experience are on the rise. With digitization across all industries accelerating, user experience skills are in high demand as consumers expect their needs to be met rapidly, effectively, and in a user-friendly way. 
  • Skills that blend technical expertise and project management are new to the list this year. As organizations increase investments in digital skills, having skill sets that help organizations manage and support technical teams is becoming more important than ever to meet internal deadlines and objectives, ensure resources are allocated and managed wisely, and boost efficiency.
  • Skills like data visualization and analysis are growing and can complement traditional human skills like people management and storytelling. As organizations seek to yield value from data-led approaches in teams from IT to HR, being able to understand and use data to communicate effectively is becoming a must-have skill—regardless of career path.

Skills intelligence publication details

Target audience
Digital skills for the labour force.
Digital skills in education.
Digital skills for all
Digital technology / specialisation
Geographic scope - Country
Industry - field of education and training
Education not further defined
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) not further defined
Computer use
Geographical sphere
International initiative
Publication type