27 June 2017
A fifth use lunch hour to enhance skills
Almost a third of workers have taken measures to boost their skills through extra training in the past five years, a study shows.
A survey of 2,000 adults by Groupon showed that the most popular courses were administration, medical or accounting.
One in five of those taking extra training used their lunch hour to learn new skills and a similar number said they had been rewarded with a pay rise or promotion.
Groupon, which offers online savings on goods and services, said many people were trying to protect themselves from automation due to fears their current job may become obsolete.
Jon Wilson, managing director of Groupon, said: "No matter how old you are, where you live, or what stage in life you're at, you should always have the opportunity to keep learning.
"For some, the cost of traditional face-to-face courses is a barrier, which is why we're now seeing such strong demand from customers for high quality yet affordable online learning courses."
Flexible working has given some people the time to learn new skills, said the report.