The skills needed for jobs globally are estimated to change by at least 65 percent by 2030 as rapid developments in artificial intelligence (AI) accelerate workplace change, according to LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network.

LinkedIn said in a statement on Wednesday that shifts are already underway – job posts mentioning AI or Generative AI have more than doubled (2.2 times) globally in the last two years.

In addition, according to LinkedIn’s latest Global Talent Trends Report (Australia, India, Southeast Asia [SEA]), job posts mentioning AI or Gen AI have seen their applications grow by 1.9 times in Australia, 2.1 times in India, 1.6 times in Japan, 1.7 times in SEA over the last two years, compared with the growth of job posts that don’t mention them.

LinkedIn research also indicates that a majority of professionals in Asia Pacific (APAC) are excited to use AI at work (Australia: 84 percent, Singapore: 97 percent, India: 98 percent, Indonesia: 99 percent, the Philippines: 97 percent, Malaysia: 96 percent, Japan: 75 percent).

Meanwhile, many looking forward to using AI to seek career advice (Australia: 49 percent, Singapore: 59 percent, India: 75 percent, Indonesia: 67 percent, the Philippines: 65 percent, Malaysia: 60 percent) or handle difficult situations at work (Australia: 54 percent, Singapore: 69 percent, India: 78 percent, Indonesia: 82 percent, the Philippines: 74 percent, Malaysia: 69 perevnt).

To ready their workforce for the changes ahead, LinkedIn said that business leaders are relying on human resources and recruitment teams to lead the way.

It said nine out of ten of talent professionals say their role has become more strategic in the last year, specifically in the area of talent acquisition (Australia: 88 percent, India: 92 percent and SEA: 95 percent).

It said AI will be a critical tool for taking on some of the heavy lifting, so that human resource teams can focus on the most strategic work for their jobs.

Meanwhile, the majority (80 percent) of human resource professionals globally believe AI will be a tool that helps them in the next five years, enabling them to focus on the more strategic, human aspects of their roles – such as strengthening relationships with candidates and colleagues and creative and strategic work (39 percent).

“AI is ushering in a new world of work, and the technology is already reshaping jobs, businesses, and industries,

“Everyone from customer service representatives and sales professionals to teachers, will be able to use the technology to remove some of the drudgery of everyday tasks so they can focus on valuable people-centric work,” said Feon Ang, Vice President, LinkedIn Talent Solution and Managing Director, APAC.

With so much change underway, she said now is the time for business leaders to assess the skills their organizations need now and in the years ahead so they can set their teams up for success.

“Human resource professionals will be at the heart of ensuring businesses have the talent and skills they need to thrive,

“And AI will be a critical tool for them too, helping them to focus on the important ‘human’ aspect of their role, such as connecting and building relationships with candidates, and fostering a strong company culture,” she added.

To help organizations navigate the changing world of work, LinkedIn said the firm is piloting new generative AI tools in Recruiter and Learning Hub to a small handful of customers today, with plans to roll them out to all customers throughout the year:

Recruiter 2024 is LinkedIn’s new AI-assisted recruiting experience makes hiring more efficient and easy so talent leaders can focus on strategic, people-centric work.

With the tool, hirers can use natural language search prompts like – “I want to hire a senior growth marketing leader” – and LinkedIn’s AI models, paired with unique insights from over 950 million professionals, 63 million companies and 40,000 skills on LinkedIn that can infer the type of candidate the hirer is looking for and provide higher-quality candidate recommendations from a much wider pool of candidates.

As for LinkedIn Learning’s AI-powered coaching, LinkedIn is testing out real-time advice in two of most in-demand skills that apply across all types of jobs: leadership and management.

With that, learners can pose a question like: How can I delegate tasks and responsibility effectively?

Instead of giving a one-size-fits-all answer, it will ask the user clarifying questions to more deeply understand your specific situation and experience and then offer advice, examples, and feedback based on hundreds of hours of content from LinkedIn Learning’s expert instructors.

For people looking to learn more about AI, LinkedIn Learning has also unlocked the most popular AI learning courses which are available for free until 15 December, 2023.

These tools follow LinkedIn’s rollout of AI-assisted messages and AI-assisted job descriptions in May 2023 which use generative AI to personalize InMail messages at scale, increase candidate engagement, and help companies find qualified candidates faster.

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