Most staff 'paying for their work training'
Six out of 10 Irish workers say they are covering the costs of upskilling themselves, despite most employers accepting they should fund training.
A survey by Hays, the recruitment firm, of 2,100 workers and employers found employers are investing in new technologies, but less active in retraining their own staff.
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Employers themselves say soft skills such as people management and critical thinking are in short supply - with 41pc of employers saying they prioritise critical thinking in new hires.
The survey found 43pc of employers say emotional intelligence is in highest demand when hiring for future roles.
However, the Hays Ireland 'What Workers Want Report 2019' found a disconnect between the two groups when it comes to the understanding of soft skills.
Among employees almost half believe an ability to learn and a talent for problem solving are the most sought-after soft skills.
Neither is in the top two priorities for employers, who identified skills gaps in people management and critical thinking.
Meanwhile, more than a quarter of staff believe they are being failed by their own employer in preparation for digital transformation.
Almost two-thirds (63pc) of employees are covering the cost of their own upskilling and training, even though 57pc of employers are in agreement that staff training should be the employer's responsibility alone.
Younger, so-called 'Generation Z' staff are the most likely to be improving their technical skills, the survey found.