Workers with digital skills earning thousands more every year: Report – The New Daily (Sezen Bakan | March 2022)

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Being digitally savvy could unlock thousands of extra dollars in income, with a new report by RMIT Online and Deloitte showing people with the right digital skills could be earning an extra $7700 per year.

This is certainly the experience of members of the platform’s Advisory Board, where possessing digital skills have opened doors for gig work and even regular employment. Being confident in this space can certainly broaden your options.

The report finds that job advertisements seeking applicants with digital skills attract a 9 per cent wage premium, though employers said they’re only willing to pay 6 per cent more on average.

Career Industry Council of Australia executive director David Carney said no matter what field you are in, there’s an “explosion” of digital skill and technology requirements.

And Deloitte Access Economics partner John O’Mahony said although employers are reluctant to acknowledge they have to pay a premium, bosses do end up paying higher wages once they need to hire workers.

This is certainly the experience of members of the platform's Advisory Board, where possessing digital skills have opened doors for gig work and even regular employment. Being confident in this space can certainly broaden your options.

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