Digitalisation and hyperconnectivity, new generations entering the workforce and older generations working longer are changing the forms of employment, career models, and organisational structures.
Automation and other advancements in technology have the potential to substitute both routine and cognitive tasks, while increasing the need for new skills and creating unprecedented opportunities.
Developments and Forecasts
The digital age is disrupting labour markets and changing skills needs. Technological progress—automation, AI and other emerging technologies—change the nature of work and employment. New work patterns emerge; work is increasingly flexible, decentralised, and knowledge-based, driven by self-fulfillment and increasing entrepreneurial spirit. Digital and socio-emotional skills are increasingly necessary to thrive in the new world of work.
Digitalisation and new technologies are fundamentally changing the nature of work, business models, institutions and society as a whole.
Strategies have to be developed to address:
Polarisation in the OECD labour market
Source: OECD, “How technology and globalisation are transforming the labour market”, in OECD Employment Outlook 2017
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