41% employees think better digital skills would make them earn more

41% employees think better digital skills would make them earn more

According to a new Kaspersky survey, over half of employees in the Middle East, Turkiye and Africa region feel a lack of digital skills when working on computers and other digital equipment. If they had higher digital skills, employees think they would earn 41% more, on average.

Specifically, respondents in Egypt said they would earn 53% more money with higher digital skills, and in the UAE – 44% more. Respondents in Saudi Arabia indicated their salary would increase by 36% if they had better digital skills, in Turkiye – by 35%, and in South Africa – by 36%.

Employees understand the importance of acquiring new digital skills and honing their existing ones. In the Middle East, Turkiye, Africa region in general, 79% of employees tried to uptake paid or free digital literacy training on their own. In Egypt, this number stands at 75%, in Saudi Arabia – at 70%, in the UAE – at 91%, in Turkiye – at 81%, and in South Africa at 76%.

The lack of digital skills may not only impede one’s career and deprive them of income but also produce serious risks for the cybersecurity of the organization where this person is employed. The ‘human firewall’ is one of the key defences from cyber incidents. Employees can open a phishing link or download ransomware on corporate devices and it will produce financial and reputation losses for the company. This is why workers on any level — from top managers to interns — should receive proper IT and cybersecurity training.

Emad Haffar, Head of Technical Experts META at Kaspersky, commented: “While digital skills today are the linchpin for career advancement, employers should not forget about the synergy between individual upskilling and organizational cybersecurity. When companies invest into IT & cybersecurity trainings for their staff, they not only boost their reputation as employers who care about the prosperity of their employees, but also contribute to increasing the cyber protection of organizational infrastructure. Special solutions, such as Kaspersky Automated Security Awareness Platform, help to effectively achieve both these goals.”

To help your employees to improve their digital skills, Kaspersky experts recommend:

  • Conduct regular checkups to understand what digital skills are most needed for business;
  • Organize cyber literacy courses and trainings for employees so they could improve their skills – use Kaspersky Automated Security Awareness Platform, an online learning tool that would help to train employees about relevant topics in cybersecurity;
  • Make sure employees know about trending cyberthreats like phishing, scam, ransomware attacks and how to recognize and avoid them.
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