Sep 4, 2014

First Digital Skills Study Highlights Ireland’s Alarming Skills Shortage

by Digital Marketing Institute

How would you rate your digital marketing skills? You’d at least pass, right? We assessed the digital skills of 622 marketers (380 in Ireland) using a digital diagnostic tool that contained 54 questions across the core disciplines of digital marketing strategy and planning, mobile, search, display, email and social media marketing. An eye-opening 8 out of 10 (83%) people failed to meet entry level competency.

What’s more, Ireland’s digital proficiency was found considerably lacking compared to our international counterparts – when tested Irish marketers scored a shocking 34% lower. With Ireland’s economic recovery dependant on the digitisation of native businesses, what could this mean for our future?

With a predicted 150,000 digital jobs and an internet economy worth €21.1bn by 2020, Ian Dodson, Director and Co-Founder at the Digital Marketing Institute believes that the implications for the Irish economy are significant:

“The digital economy has taken centre stage in Ireland’s economic recovery with the industry creating hundreds of jobs every month. If we can’t provide suitably skilled professionals to fill these positions Ireland could stand to lose its advantage as a European digital hub and as European headquarters for many of the major digital companies. The threat is even more acute as the talent pool grows in emerging economies.”

Find out more by downloading the full Digital Skills Report for free here.

Twitter’s Expert Opinion

Twitter’s Director of Sales (UK and Ireland), Don O’Leary commented on the findings: “Digital marketing has revolutionized the way businesses connect with their target market. If Irish business leaders don’t embrace and invest in this change, they will lose out to international competitors who are turning this opportunity into distinct competitive advantage.”

Further Findings

  • Senior managers are stalling digital adoption – Entry level marketers performed 26% better than those with over 20 years of experience.
  • Smaller businesses finding it harder to adapt – Small businesses scored 25% lower than medium-sized counterparts.
  • Dublin leading the digital race – Dublin’s digital skills are 57% stronger than the rest of the country.
  • Women stronger than men – women outperformed men by 11%.

What is the Digital Diagnostic?

The Digital Diagnostic is the industry’s first digital marketing skills assessment based on real industry knowledge. Here at the Digital Marketing Institute we were itching to quantify the digital skills of marketing professionals both in Ireland and all over the world. And we built a tool that does just that. Want to find out how your digital knowledge compares to the rest of the country? Test your own digital skills for free.

Great. What’s in the Full Report?

Loads more statistics and analysis of Ireland’s digital skills gaps… The full Digital Skills Report contains a breakdown of digital marketing skills by industry, location, years of marketing experience, company size, location, gender and specialism. Find out how the hospitality and leisure sector compares to the food and beverage industry and where Ireland’s strongest digital skillset lies (here’s a clue: it’s in your hands).

We hope you enjoy reading our digital skills study filled with facts, statistics and findings on the future of Ireland’s digital economy.

Download the free Digital Skills Report for the full story.

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