Notes for practicioners

The aim of the Future Skills Report Chemistry is to provide all stakeholders relevant data, information and analysis to better understand, anticipate and prepare for the evolution of the industry skills.

How can you use the results to create the workforce of the future.

This study seeks to analyze and demonstrate the evolution of the chemical and pharmaceutical industry with regards to the labor market and skills in four selected key market regions: Germany, Europe, USA and China.

The main objective of the report is to highlight future trends and resulting changes in skill requirements:

  • Access and share relevant data insights on a common basis and language.
  • Develop a better awareness of industry trends and their impact on the workforce.
  • Get a clear understanding of the current and future challenges regarding the job profiles and skills required by the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
  • Match the external data provided in this report with available internal data to make more informed, data-driven strategic workforce planning decisions.

Use cases and proposed actions

For whom is this report written?

  • Business leaders
  • Human resources
  • Works councils
  • Employees

Maria uses this report to increase her awareness of current technological and organizational trends in the industry and resulting skill requirements. In doing so, she seeks to strengthen her company’s own competitive position vis-à-vis other market players. The report represents an important component for Maria in shaping the business and HR strategy.

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Use the report to recognize the industry’s strengths and weaknesses in comparison with the global competitive environment for your company.
Gain an even better understanding of how your company can benefit from potential hot spots for innovation and relevant skills.
Understand even better, which skills are required to drive trends and cope with new technologies in the industry.

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Maria, 48 years old

Division manager in the Oncology -Research division

"Trends and new competitors are changing business models and thus leading to new skill requirements. In addition, the 'war for talents' is leading to staff shortages. But leading companies need the best employees."

In addition, the insights can be used to redefine the organization of the future:

Gain an even better understanding, which roles & skills are needed to support the chemical and pharmaceutical industry of the future.
Receive insights to derive organizational change measures.
The report supports you to assess the global location strategy aligned to the geographic developments of markets and skill requirements.

Michael observes that skill requirements in his workforce are changing rapidly. As an HR leader, he sees himself in a critical role to address this issue. Michael uses the facts and insights from this report to address talent development and management in an evidence-based way. This analytical report helps him continuously upskill the workforce, identify key talent segments and gaps, and future-proof HR operations.


You too can use the report to align the skills in your company with future requirements:

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Digest the data of the ‘future jobs and skills’ section to update existing job descriptions. We propose to align the data with feedback from departments and business partners in your organization to review skills requirements in their functional area.
Communicate (changing) skill requirements to everyone in the organization, e.g. by communicating this report, publishing selected insights on your intranet or performing (regular) reviews of professional roles and skills.
The report allows you to review existing training and learning programs in line with new skills from this report or adjust career paths accordingly.

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Michael, 41 years old

Head of Human Resources and HR Strategy

"I want to provide meaningful employee experiences, engage talent and develop the workforce to reach its potential.”

In addition, you can use the insights of this report to evolve the workforce of the future:

Get to know the trends and skills that are most relevant to your organization even better through the report and create learning journeys to support (cross-functional) developments and current training programs.
Integrate new jobs and skills in your job catalogs and skill frameworks.
Update job advertisements with the skills of the future to create future-fit job postings as a basis for recruiting that attract the talent of the future.
Use this report to derive skill frameworks and enable (qualitative) strategic workforce planning.

Encourage employees to learn new skills and develop professionally in the process:

Conduct information sessions (e.g., webinars, conferences) to communicate the future skill requirements.
Provide tailored coaching opportunities and mentorship programs focusing on the skills of the future.
Hold skill-building workshops with employees and/or employee representatives.

The future skills report chemistry can provide valuable input to formulate the HR strategy and drive strategic workforce planning in the organization. The insights can be used to bring facts and data into decisions around the following strategic workforce planning topics:

Define the demand for future roles and skills.
Calculate gaps (shortages / excesses) in your current workforce structure, for example using a skills analysis tool.
Consider the future skills to improve the short and long-term sourcing strategy.
Assist in the planning of training programs (vocational training and education).
Develop the workforce in line with identified trends (qualitative and quantitative).

Jessica observes that skill requirements in the workforce are changing rapidly. She sees her role as a works coucil as critical to addressing this issue. Jessica uses the facts and figures from this report to help shape talent development and management. This analytical report helps her identify key talent segments and gaps. As a result, she can be more specific in workforce planning and continuous workforce development, and secure long-term employment.

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Identify change drivers even earlier and integrate these insights into your strategic thinking about training and development.
Mirror the future skills of the report against the status quo to identify upskilling and training needs in the industry or its sub-industries.
The report can help you better map future skills requirements and derive job-specific initiatives from them as appropriate.

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Jessica, 50 years old

Chairwoman of the Works Council at a production site

"I want to make sure employees stay motivated and maintain employability over the long term."

Use the Future Skills Report for regulatory work on the new and further development of job profiles and for political communication.

Thomas and his colleagues use the report to learn about trends in occupations and skills. They use the detailed future job profiles to gain insight into which skills are relevant in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry today and are very likely to be relevant tomorrow.

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Understand relevant skills in your function in the future .
Gain transparency on emerging career opportunities in all major functional areas.
Use the future job profiles to assess your current skill portfolio against the future skills to detect personal skill gaps and development potentials.

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Thomas, 36 years old

Chemical technician

"Digitization changes a lot and raises many questions. I want to recognize digitization as an opportunity and develop so that I have a good long-term perspective."

Assess and understand how trends in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry are impacting jobs and skill requirements and which trends are most relevant in the short and long run.

We propose that the insights of the data should be jointly discussed together with supervisors, representatives of the HR department, persons of trust and/or works councils.

Discuss personal career development opportunities with your line manager, HR department and/or works council based on the report.
Gain understanding about a changing workplace and recognize the importance of lifelong learning to your career.
Gain an understanding of the dynamic evolution of in-demand skills to be prepared early for future changes in your job.