On the other hand, proficiency in data science has dipped from 38% in 2021 to 26% in 2022, leading to a 12-rankdrop.
The report draws data from 100 million learners in more than 100 countries who have used the edtech platform to develop a new skill during the past year. It benchmarks three of the most in-demand skill areas driving employment in the digital economy – business, technology, and data science.
“The Great Resignation and automation are mandating stronger investments in human capital, as institutions must prioritise developing the high-demand digital and human skills required to build a competitive and equitable workforce,” said Jeff Maggioncalda, Coursera CEO.
“Our data shows these skills are not equally distributed, and students and low-wage workers need access to flexible, affordable, and fast-tracked pathways to entry-level digital jobs that offer a foundation for a stronger and more inclusive economy,” he added.
The report finds that Indian learners are focusing on building technology skills. With strong proficiency in key tech skills like cloud computing, theoretical computer science, and web development, India now ranks 56th globally in the domain compared to the 66th rank last year. Cloud computing is India’s strongest technology skill with 74% proficiency.
“Industry reports estimate that 28 million new technology jobs will be created in India by 2025. This year’s GSR signals a significant need for Indian learners to bridge the critical skills gap, especially in data science, to ensure this digital potential does not turn into a lost opportunity,” said Raghav Gupta, managing director, India and APAC, Coursera. “Strong industry-academia-government collaboration that focuses on the rapid deployment of high-quality digital and human skills training would be key to ensuring that the Indian workforce remains resilient and competitive amid rapid technological transformation.”
Indian learners continue to lag in data science skills. Slipping by 12 ranks, India scores low on foundational and specialised data science skills – data visualisation (10%), statistical programming (14%), data management (22%) among others. The strongest skill in the domain for India continues to be machine learning (41%).
West Bengal leads the Indian states in terms of skills proficiency. West Bengal is ranked the #1 state across the three domains. The state showed the highest levels of digital skills proficiency in the country, outpacing Karnataka (#4 in technology and #6 in data science). Learners in West Bengal also earned a perfect 100% proficiency in more than 10 skills, across the three domains, such as leadership and management, human resources, cloud computing, computer programming, ML, and data analysis.