World Economic Forum's Global Human Capital Report 2017

LinkedIn partnered with the World Economic Forum on their Global Human Capital Report 2017, one of the leading commentaries on the current status, gaps, and potential in human capital across the world. This year’s report includes an index ranking 130 countries on how well they are developing their human capital.

In this year’s Human Capital Report, insights drawn from LinkedIn data include:

  • The breadth of degree specialization among different age groups. Overall, our data found increasing diversification and specialization of degrees, reflecting increasing demand for more specific skill sets across the economy.

  • The extent to which different industries hire individuals with certain degrees. Industries like consumer, media, and entertainment, as well as the public sector and nonprofits, hire from a wider pool of degrees than energy, financial services, healthcare, and telecommunications.

  • The distribution of “cross-functional” skills across ages and degrees. We found that “cross-functional” skills (the most commonly mentioned skills across our global membership) are not evenly distributed across degrees. For instance, individuals who studied engineering or IT are more likely to have skills in project management than in customer service or leadership.

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