Concerted and creative new solutions are needed to enable women to seize new opportunities in the automation age; without them, women may fall further behind in the world of work.
This paper collected and analysed existing information and data on the skills demands of the future in European Training Foundation (ETF) partner countries, and to explore responses for better managing the transition towards an inclusive future for the benefit of individuals and societies.
Canada. Understanding the Interconnectedness of the Future of Work: A Case Study in What’s Wrong with Current Discussions
A look into understanding the future of work and the inadequacy of current debates, with a focus on the two megatrends of the evolution of technology and demography.
En français. Canada. Comprendre l’interdépendance de l’avenir du travail : Une étude de cas sur ce qui ne tourne pas rond dans les discussions actuelles
Clickbait headlines frequently predict that new construction robots will soon replace entire classifications of skilled tradespeople. Are we seeing the dawn of a robotic revolution that will significantly affect demand for skilled tradespeople? Not really.
Artificial intelligence is all over the news nowadays, but what does it mean for the future of work and learning?
This report maps out how employment is likely to change in the future – including the implications for skills – and anticipates a number of new occupations.
Artificial intelligence and emerging technologies have enabled automation to scale and pose legitimate workforce threats. However, these innovations are creating new jobs and recreating old ones that together shape the building blocks of a future workforce. This dynamic opportunity engine is driven in large part by a fast expanding innovation ecosystem that combines a bevy of thriving, scaling, and nascent startups and their emerging workforce needs.
The report addresses the key themes of creating productive jobs and addressing the needs of those left behind.
Canada is in flux. Technological, demographic and climate disruption will have a profound effect on the economy, the workforce, democracy, and on public services. In this report, top policy thinkers suggest how Canadians can not only adapt to change but embrace new possibilities in an age of uncertainty.
En français. Le Canada de demain : 12 façons de prévenir la rupture
As the world faces the transformative economic, social and environmental challenges of Globalization 4.0, it has never been more important to invest in people. But as the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution create new pressures on labour markets, education reform, lifelong learning and reskilling initiatives will be key to ensuring both that individuals have access to economic opportunity by remaining competitive in the new world of work, and that businesses have access to the talent they need for the jobs of the future.
This report identifies and discusses five key themes that present challenges and opportunities for young people in Europe in the context of the future of work: skills, access to social protection, workers’ rights and wellbeing, just transition and environmental concerns, and equality.
This report assesses the business case for reskilling and establish its magnitude for different stakeholders. It also outlines a roadmap for selected industries to address specific challenges and opportunities related to the transformation of their workforce.
The reports studies how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology today. Fears that robots will take away jobs from people have dominated the discussion over the future of work, but the report finds that on balance this appears to be unfounded.
En français. Rapport sur le développement dans le monde 2019 – Le travail en mutation
Policies are needed to endow women with required skills; close gender gaps in leadership positions; bridge digital gender divide and ease transitions for older and low-skilled female workers.
The working world of the future will be different from today’s. Will it also be better? Will we work in a more self-determined and healthy way? Will we go back to university or learn a new occupation at the age of 50? Are machines taking away our work, or are they paving the way for innovations and productivity gains which create new jobs?
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is interacting with other socio-economic and demographic factors to create a perfect storm of business model change in all industries, resulting in major disruptions to labour markets. New categories of jobs will emerge, partly or wholly displacing others. The skill sets required in both old and new occupations will change in most industries and transform how and where people work. It may also affect female and male workers differently and transform the dynamics of the industry gender gap.
The report provides a valuable new tool that will help individual workers, companies, and governments to prioritize their actions and investments.
The introduction of digitalisation in business is having a momentous impact on the production systems, labour conditions and organisational models of the labour market and the society in general. Quality basic education, high-standard and effective training, lifelong learning, up- and re-skilling for all will be the necessary tools for grasping the job opportunities of the future and fostering enterprise competitiveness.
En français. UE. L’avenir du travail/compétences
Future world skills 2020
This report analyzes key drivers that will reshape the landscape of work and identifies key work skills needed in the next 10 years.
Japan. A response in Japan to low birthrates and labor shortage: humanoid robots
Government projections estimate that over the next two decades, Japan will lose nearly a million people per year. There are less and less potential workers, and youths don’t want to work in factories anymore.
Can universities and colleges keep up with the skills demanded by the ‘new manufacturing’?
Game-changing advancements in robotics, 3D printing, data analysis, vision systems, sensors and the Internet of Things are creating seismic changes in manufacturing systems and processes. But where does the human resources factor fit into this transition?
Do We Have to Be Afraid of the Future World of Work?
The paper tries to highlight major trends shaping the world of work in developed economies with the aim of giving a realistic account of probable developments and the contributions of different driving forces, importantly focusing on the role of actors such as policy makers, firms and individuals.
PAPERS and ARTICLES
Preparing for the robots: Which skills for 21st century jobs?
The robots are coming and are taking our jobs. Or are they?
New technologies: A jobless future or golden age of job creation?
This paper explains the dynamics of job destruction and job creation in the context of technological change. It explores the role of economic, social and political forces in shaping the nexus new technologies, innovation and job.
The Future of Jobs: Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is interacting with other socio-economic and demographic factors to create a perfect storm of business model change in all industries, resulting in major disruptions to labour markets.
PAPERS, ARTICLES, BRIEFING NOTES
People, machines, robots and skills
Technological unemployment is a recurring theme, but joblessness in the digital age will depend on human, not artificial, intelligence.
Automation will disrupt the future of work — but also the future of global development
Although automation will take longer to reach developing countries, the nature of work is already changing in these markets.
Accelerating Gender Parity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
This paper explores the challenges and opportunities for enhancing gender parity in sectors likely to exhibit high growth in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and identifies key acceleration strategies by sector.
From craftsmanship and novices to 3D printing and an ageing workforce: is vocational education and training (VET) research keeping pace with change as well as continuity in work?
Changes in work technologies, the way work is organized, and the nature, distribution and utilization of occupational skills and knowledge have always had an impact on VET practice and policy.
Australia. Preparing young people for the future of work
Australia’s education system is not preparing students for twenty-first century success. Young people entering technology-rich, global, competitive job markets need different skill sets to what our education system has traditionally valued.
Canada. The Intelligence Revolution: Future-proofing Canada’s workforce
Over the next decade, the future of work will be driven not by incremental automation in manufacturing processes but by exponential change based on machine learning, virtually free data storage and communication, and ever-increasing computational power that rivals some human capabilities.
Harnessing automation for a future that works
Automation is happening, and it will bring substantial benefits to businesses and economies worldwide, but it won’t arrive overnight. The report finds realizing automation’s full potential requires people and technology to work hand in hand.
The future of work in the automotive sector: The challenges of deglobalization
This report on the future of work in the automotive sector focuses on the major changes facing the sector.
Canada. Future-proof: Preparing young Canadians for the future of work
With a large number of jobs at risk of automation in the near future, including those held by some of the most vulnerable segments of Canada’s population, youth are facing higher skill and experience requirements than ever before.