2018 Skills Gap Research Report

For the third year, Udemy conducted a survey of worker attitudes around the skills gap and the future of work. The 2018 Skills Gap Report lays out how awareness of the skills gap is growing and that more people expect automation to do their jobs within five years.

Udemy’s 2018 Skills Gap Report looked beyond the U.S. and also reveals how employees are feeling in Brazil, France, Mexico, Portugal, and Spain. Survey responses across these countries reveal both broad trends and interesting regional deviations.

For example, despite awareness of the growing impact of automation on jobs, Brazilian and Mexican workers were most likely to feel optimistic about their future career prospects and expect to be more successful than earlier generations. People in France, Portugal, and Spain had gloomier outlooks and are also less likely to be taking initiative for their own upskilling by taking online courses.

Speaking of online courses, one of the most globally shared opinions is that workers who learn online are considered more qualified than their peers, a clear endorsement of gaining skills this way.


A few more key findings:

  • 84% U.S. workers believe there is a skills gap
  • 39% U.S. workers feel personally affected by the skills gap
  • 51% would quit a job that didn’t provide necessary training
  • 43% think AI/automation will be able to do their job within five years

Check out the full “Udemy In Depth: 2018 Employee Experience Report” for more insights into how important skills training has become to 21st-century workers and how far they’ll go to jump on a good job opportunity.