LinkedIn, the worlds largest professional network, has released its first worldwide report, titled Future of Work: State of Work @ AI, which sheds light on the growing importance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the future of employment. The reports findings for India show a stunning leap, with a 14-fold increase in AI-skilled people in the country between January 2016 and June 2023. This increase places India among the top five countries in terms of AI talent growth, alongside Singapore, Finland, Ireland and Canada.In the past year, 43 per cent of the Indian workforce has seen an increase in the incorporation of AI in their jobs. This spike has triggered a realisation among 60 per cent of all workers and 71 per cent of Gen Z professionals in India that learning AI-related skills may significantly improve their career chances. According to the LinkedIn survey, two out of every three Indians intend to learn at least one digital skill by 2023. AI and Machine Learning are among the most in-demand skills.According to the survey, when it comes to acknowledging the value of AI, 91 per cent of top-level executives in the country have highlighted the increased importance of AI skills, exceeding the global average of 72 per cent. This opinion is mirrored by the majority of the Indian workforce, with 69 per cent of professionals saying that skills such as creativity and problem-solving give them a competitive advantage in offering new perspectives to their work.Hiring AI talent will have exceeded overall hiring in the Asia-Pacific area by 2022. The year 2023 brings the potential of continued growth in AI-related hiring activities for India. According to the research, half of the countrys top executives are dedicated to upskilling or acquiring AI talent this year. Concurrently, 57 per cent of leaders are actively striving to improve AI usage across their businesses in the coming year.