AI may not replace you, but someone who uses it can — here’s the No. 1 skill you need to stay relevant

Ernestine Sir

CNBC Make It

May 12, 2024

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55% of leaders say they’re concered about having enough talent to fill roles in the year ahead as AI skills become more relevant than ever before, new study finds.

Today’s winners are learning how to leverage artificial intelligence to stay competitive and relevant — employees and businesses alike.

“AI is not going to replace you. You’re going to be replaced by someone who uses AI to outperform you,” said Laurence Liew, director for AI Innovation at AI Singapore, during a panel discussion at Salesforce’s World Tour Essentials event in Singapore.

While a lot of professionals (45%) worry AI will replace their job, the majority (55%) of leaders are concerned about a lack of talent to fill roles, according to the 2024 Work Trend Index by Microsoft and LinkedIn.

71% [of leaders] say they’d rather hire a less experienced candidate with AI skills than a more experienced candidate without them.2024 Microsoft Work Trends Index

There is a dearth of talent, and consequently a huge opportunity for people who can learn AI skills, with as many 71% of corporate leaders saying they’d prefer a less experienced candidate with AI skills over a more experienced one without them, according to the report.