Three other trends were discerned from the two sets of surveys.

    1. Career-linked benefits: 93% of the workers’ group of respondents indicated beliefs that AI will have some positive impact on their careers. This included a pay jump of 33% or more (depending on their field of work), with IT (44%) and Research and Development (41%) seeing the highest bumps. Also, 68% of baby boomers (a demographic usually contemplating retirement) indicated they would enroll in AI upskilling course, while 83% of workers polled were interested in developing AI skills for career advancement, with increased job efficiency (59%), higher job satisfaction (49%), and faster career progression (46%) as their top motivations.

    2. Perceived productivity payoffs: The employers’ group of respondents indicated beliefs that AI could boost productivity by 51% through automation of routine tasks, and the workers’ group responses indicated their beliefs that AI will help them complete tasks 50% more efficiently. Also, 92% of the workers surveyed expected to use AI in their daily work by 2028, of which 34% expected to use it extensively.

    3. Perceived benefits of training: The employers’ group of respondents ranked AI development as the most important technology skillset a job candidate can possess, outranking other skills such as digital marketing, application development, and the use of cloud-based tools. Also, 79% of the employers surveyed cited prioritizing the hiring of AI-skilled talent, of which 75% cited hurdles with. Also, 79% of the employers surveyed cited not knowing how to implement an AI workforce training program, while 74% of the workers surveyed cited not being sure what AI training programs were available to them.