BENGALURU: India lags global counterparts in technology skillsets in sectors as varied as telecom, healthcare, manufacturing and automotive, according to a report by Silicon Valley-based e-learning firm Coursera.

Insurance, healthcare and telecom also lag in skillsets across domains, including business and technology, and data science, insights from the ‘Global Skills Index: 2019’ report showed. However, sectors such as consumer and consulting are equipped with better skillsets, Coursera found.

Manufacturing, consulting and technology see better availability of skillsets in business skills, while consumer, consulting and technology areas top in data science skills, it said.

Technology skillsets are seen mostly in media, consumer and technology sectors in India, the report stated.

Sectors such as finance, automotive, insurance and healthcare have still to catch up as they are significantly lower in skillsets compared to other sectors and global counterparts, Coursera’s report showed.

Out of 60 countries, India ranks 50 in business, 44 in technology and 51in data science skillsets.

The report highlights both global and regional skill performance for Asia-Pacific countries. Coursera analysed the results of more than 3 million learners to glean these insights.

Sectors such as insurance and others are still sales-based and do not leverage heavily on technology, unlike retail, which is the primary reason why these sectors lag in such skillsets, said Raghav Gupta, Coursera’s India country director.

In the Asia-Pacific region, manufacturing, healthcare and consulting see high skillsets in business, while technology, media and consumer sectors find skillsets in technology.





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