In the highly-competitive job market of today, you really need to stand out from the crowd in order to obtain your ideal job and even when you’ve found the perfect role, you still need to continually improve your skill-sets to ensure career progression. One key to this could be improving your Excel competencies; in fact, Excel courses remain among the most studied in the world. There are 750m+ users after all globally.

A recent study conducted by BPM Partners in 2018 illustrates that over 80% of global businesses use Excel and the results from the workers surveyed in the study illustrates that they spend 10% of their work time on spreadsheets, the figure for which rises to around 30% for finance professionals. The majority of the global workforce today are made up of what has been classified as ‘Knowledge Workers’ and more than 60% of these workers state continuous development and training as their main driving force.

According to millions of job listings on a variety of recruitment sites, there has been a significant increase in the requirement for word-processing and spreadsheet skills over the past years. Companies are willing to pay more for people who have solid Excel skills and many mangers now look for employees that are more knowledgeable in this area and generally more technologically competent than they are.

Excel has now been around for 30 years and during this period of development and fierce competition from other similar platforms, the spreadsheet programme has grown into the omnipresent tool that so many companies and people around the world now rely on. If you want to succeed at work today, then you need to have strong Excel skills. Having well-developed Excel skills makes you more employable and attractive to potential employers and even if you don’t work in Finance, Excel can still be a great time-saving resource; Excel shortcuts, for example, can shave off 80% of the time that it would have taken to complete certain tasks manually, which can have a significant effect on your overall productivity.

Below are some of the main jobs that require Excel competencies:

  • Accountants, Finance professionals and Auditors
  • Administrative staff
  • Analysts and Data professionals
  • Education professionals
  • Banking
  • Digital Marketers and Analysts
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Project Planners
  • Engineering

So, if you want to improve the overall efficiency of your team, department or organisation in general then you should consider including improving your Excel skills as part of your overall training and development plan. There is an immense amount of Excel help there on the web for free, but this can take a long time to search through and even then, might not fit your true requirements. This is when an Excel training programme is the best solution for you.

Naturally Excel is based in London and we offer Excel training courses around the Greater London area to businesses of all sizes. You can view the course content on our site here: and can contact us at if you have any questions or want more details about the courses.