Does the talent gap really exist or is there a new status quo in the knowledge area? As the world changes ever faster, it seems increasingly likely that the so-called talent gap will never close. But if closing the gap is nothing but an illusion, how do we move forward—do we tread lightly or should we take the leap forward?

If the talent gap is not going to go away, we must adapt to it. The best way to ensure that the right talent is available at the right time is by investing in talent development. Keep your skills up-to-date, ensure that the company’s vision remains sharp and verify that the vision is aligned across departments.

With new technology popping up as fast as pop-up stores close, the talent gap is shifting constantly, rendering any long-term plan redundant. However, establishing agility within the talent group should minimize the gap.

From a macro perspective, we should invest more in Beta studies. Elementary education in many European countries tends to focus on soft skills, such as personal empowerment, and less on the more abstract parts of the development of a kid. Programming, or at least object-oriented thinking, should be taught more to familiarize kids with technology from the start as this is their key to the future.

Make sure our kids learn things at Micro:bit, IFTTT-protocols and low-coding tools so they get familiar with technology and can adapt to their rapidly changing future. This will, in the long term, make sure the talent gap will be decreased; although it will never disappear fully

Read Capgemini’s and LinkedIn’s joint research report on the Digital Talent Gap:

Digital Talent Gap

The Digital Talent Gap—Are Companies Doing Enough?