Digital Skills Gap Index 2021

Your tool to determine
global digital skills levels

A planning tool for policymakers, a roadmap for educators, and a resource for recruiters, to help bridge the digital skills divide.

Economies now have a tool that allows smarter recovery, investment, and a deeper understanding of where and how to impact the digital skills gap – fostering a global workforce prepared for a post-pandemic digital economy and an equitable recovery.


DSGI ranks 134 economies based on a host of global indicators that reflect how advanced and prepared an economy is with the digital skills needed for sustained growth, recovery, and prosperity. Use this tool to find out:

  • What is the mismatch between employer’s needs and employee’s skills?
  • To what extent is there a STEM gender gap?
  • Who is leading academic research output on digital subject matters?

The DSGI encourages corporate, education, and public policy leaders to address the challenges of closing the digital skill gap.

The most resilient economies will be those that are able to establish a clear lead in the development of digital skills.

Against a backdrop of transforming global labor markets, disrupted industries and economies and the global pandemic, here is a much-needed barometer and tool to help you understand and monitor digital skills.

Singapore scored consistently well across most of the DGSI pillars. Its K12 and higher education systems rank among the best in the world. Singapore’s digital focus, reflected in the number of articles published on digital subjects (per ‘000 postgraduates), is another key strength. The country’s well-funded lifelong learning entitlement, galvanized by the SkillsFuture Initiative since 2015/16, is second to none globally. The city-state’s digital competitiveness is rivaled only by that of the US.

1 Singapore 7.8
2 United Arab Emirates 7.5
3 Finland 7.5
4 Qatar 7.3
5 Sweden 7.3
6 Norway 7.2
7 Luxembourg 7.2
8 Netherlands 7.2
9 United Kingdom 7.2
10 Malaysia 7.2
11 Switzerland 7.2
12 Israel 7.1
13 Chinese Taipei 7.1
14 Germany 7.1
15 Republic of Korea 7.0
16 Estonia 7.0
17 Denmark 6.8
18 China 6.7
19 Hong Kong, China 6.6
20 Ireland 6.5

Higher bound of each score range, e.g., 10 refers to 8-10 range


Global Rankings

Evaluate the factors that underpin the pillars of digital strength, resilience, and responsiveness.

Economy/Location Profiles

Use the dashboard visualization tools, interactive maps, economy/location-pair radar chart comparisons, and country/territory profiles.


The DSGI includes six pillars comprised of inputs from an APEC-wide opinion survey and global secondary data indicators.

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