Skills trends in the Arab region in the wake of ChatGPT (Generative AI)

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/CL2.GPID/2023/CP.1

Country: Arab region

Publication Type: Policy briefs

Cluster: Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development

Focus Area: Inclusive development, Future of employment

Initiatives: Artificial intelligence & big data

SDGs: Goal 2: Zero Hunger, Goal 4: Quality Education, Goal 5: Gender Equality, Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Keywords: Arab countries, Sustainable development, Labour market, Education, Employment, Technology, Artificial intelligence, Technological innovations, Business, Employment creation

Skills trends in the Arab region in the wake of ChatGPT (Generative AI)

July 2023

The present regional profile discusses the virtual job market in the Arab region, emphasizing the potential for future work opportunities related to large generative pre-trained transformers (GPT) models. While there is still strong demand for skills in traditional sectors, jobs connected to GPT models show promise.

In 2023, the demand for large language models remains below 0.2 per cent, with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates leading in demand for GPT-related jobs. Business administration-related fields generally exhibit the highest artificial intelligence augmentation scores in the region. However, despite the existence of Fourth Industrial Revolution jobs in the virtual job market, there is a lack of well-connected skills for these positions, according to the ESCWA Skills Forest.

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