2017 Skills Gap Report

The American workforce is divided across gender and generational lines when it comes to perceptions about and responses to rapidly shifting expectations for their jobs and careers.

Inside the Skills Gap: How Gender, Generation, and Geography Shape Perceptions

The vast majority of workers in geographies Udemy surveyed feel their countries are facing a skills gap, but a varying number say it affects them personally. Looking beyond the numbers reveals a confused workforce struggling to take control in the face of constant change.

Key Findings


Nearly 80% of Americans agree there is a skills gap, and more than a third (35%) say it affects them personally


71% of men see the U.S. job market as competitive or highly competitive compared to 61% of women


40% say changing skills requirements will have the biggest impact on their job over the next five years