Upskilling Report reveals positive trends – Part I

Upskilling Report reveals positive trends – Part I

Despite market uncertainties, upskilling continues to be a constant focus in Indiaas job roles evolve – and is expected to assume even more importance in 2023

The post-pandemic world is looking forward to a fresh start. And upskilling is going to be a game changer in this volatile jobs market. TheUpskilling Trends in India for2023 Reportby edtech platform Great Learning has revealedhow the educational services market saw immense growth in 2022, thanks to easily accessible online education, and how that trend is going to continue in 2023. In a detailed blog summarising the report, Great Learning reiterates that upskilling continues to be a constant focus as job roles evolve, and is expected to assume even more importance in 2023.

The first part of the report provides a thorough analysis of upskilling developments observed in 2022,incorporating survey responses from Great Learning’s own learner behaviour to understand their motivations to upskill and actual career outcomes based on such upskilling activities.  The latter part of the report –the 2023 Upskilling Outlook section –goes on to predict upcoming trends in 2023. For this part, the platform collaborated with a third-party research agency to survey a sample of working professionals from all the major sectors.

The report is designed to help both job-seekers and recruiters to anticipate future skills requirements, and remain competitive by staying informed and up-to-date on industry trends and best practices.

2022 upskilling trends& outcomes

Figure 1: Domain preference for upskilling in 2022;

Domain preference

  • The most in-demand domain for upskilling in 2022 was Data Science, followed by Software Engineering and Management.
  • IT, Banking, Manufacturing, Education/Training, and Healthcare & Pharma were the top five sectors for upskilling in 2022.
  • Freshers and entry-level professionals preferred Data Science, Software Engineering and Management programs.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Computing courses were top choices for professionals with over eight years of experience.
  • Cybersecurity was pursued by professionals across all work experience levels.


  • Demand for upskilling in 2022 was highest in the Southern India.
  • Among metro cities, the maximumupskilling demand was from Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, and Delhi – in that order.
  • Among tier 2 cities, Mysore, Madurai, Indore, and Vijayawada topped the list.
  • Among the fastest-growing cities, the highest growth for upskilling programs in 2022 vs 2021 was seen in Vadodara, Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli, Salem, Patna, Jaipur, and Kochi.

Gender warp

It was observed that more men enrolled for upskilling programs in 2022, than women professionals. This gender gap became more pronounced at higher levels of work experience. This is probably because upskilling at senior levels requires significant time and commitment, which might have acted as a deterrent for senior women professionals with family responsibilities.

Time investment

  • Average learning time was 1-3 hours per day in 2022.
  • Weekends were naturally preferred by most.
  • The most popular hour for upskilling was 9:00 to 10:00 PM.


Motivation for upskilling varied with experience. Professionals with 0-8 years of work experience was motivated to learn for securing a new job. The major motivation forthe more experienced people,with over 8 years of work exposure,was to grow within their current organisation.

Figure 2:Motivation for upskilling varies with experience;

Learning outcome

  • 43% of professionals reported that upskilling helped their career grow within own organisation in 2022.
  • 23% succeeded in changing over to a different domain through upskilling.
  • 18% could secure a new job.
  • Those who upskilled in Management and Software Development benefitted mostwithin their own organisation.Upskilling in Data Science helped better in shifting to a new career domain.

[Read Part-2 to knowwhat thereport predicts about 2023 upskilling trends]

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