Things can only get better are the words to a famous song from the group D:Ream.
Things do look to be getting better for young people of the so-called Generation Z, who are joining a UK workforce with a huge glut of vacancies.
Their command of hi-tech should stand them in good stead in finding a job, particularly where digital skills are a premium, or so it seems.
According to a wide-ranging survey by a hi-tech recruitment group, three-quarters of tech leaders think Generation Z, a group defined as having been born between the mid-1990s and early 2010s, will solve the digital skills shortage (72 per cent).
An even higher number (77 per cent) believe these so-called ‘digital-natives’ are the best equipped of any generation.
These younger people may need some convincing, with 46 per cent saying they have low confidence in their digital abilities, despite hoping for careers in those industries over the next few years.
In addition, according to the CWJobs Digital Generation report, which surveyed 500 IT decision makers and 542 16–24-year-olds – only a quarter believe their age is an advantage when applying for tech jobs.
This seems a shame, as tech industry leaders believe that young talent is most needed in Cloud (28 per cent) and Artificial intelligence (AI) (27 per cent) sectors.
This should be good news for accountants hit by the skills shortage, who can take on tech-savvy young people in the world where Cloud accountancy is growing at a rapid rate.
That’s not to disparage older workers, whose experience can be better deployed in the business of developing clients, finding new ones and mentoring young staff.
That is where GI Outsourcing can harness the raw talent and develop it in partnership with accountancy firms.
We use the very latest tech accountancy & finance vendors have to offer. Remaining impartial our recommendations for the perfect software supplier covers some 50+ applications. We can tailor support as well as training, mentoring and adapting apps to suit the needs of the business.
The technology is changing almost daily with updates to apps and programmes and we are keeping pace with it through a team of dedicated cloud experts.
The report also highlights limited support for young people after accepting a job and entering the workforce.
Currently, over half of the businesses (51 per cent) say they don’t have the resources to offer Generation Z employees tech training, whilst a third of tech leaders say they wouldn’t know how to train them up properly even if the resources were available.
Again, this is where outsourcing and working as a partnership can help hone your workers’ skills in the fast-changing environment of Cloud technology.
Almost anything possible with outsourcing – any job, especially in accounting is accessible from any part of the world with an internet connection.
Harnessing the raw talent of these young people offers great opportunities for business.
Contact our UK-based team of account managers today to find out how we can help your firm.