Few European firms are keen to adopt digital technologies, even though their work force feel optimistic about embracing them.
New research showed that 57% of employees believe digital technologies like robots, mobile apps, data analytics and artificial intelligence will improve their working experience, while just 8% think digital technology will have a negative impact on their job.
50% of EU workers believe that digital technology will enhance their job prospects, particularly workers in Spain and Italy, while 64% are proactively learning new digital tools and skills.
Younger and better-educated employees are showing more interest in using digital technologies, with 69% of those aged 18 to 34 expecting that it will improve their work experience, compared to 53% of those aged over 45.
Almost one half (48%) of EU business leaders have set out a digital strategy for talent development. However, many lack the confidence to deliver it.
Even though 90% recognise the need of digital adoption, 45% are worried about the lack of employees with digital skills. Only 34% feel well prepared to change the skills and job mix of their workforce.
77% of business leaders plan to become digital by the end of 2018, but 55% do not have a digital strategy to support their overall corporate strategy. 61% of the executives aim to wait until digital technologies are further developed.
Accenture Strategy managing director Bruno Berthon said: "Europe’s future competitiveness depends on digital skills and the disconnect between business leaders and their employees is worrying.