Following on from a recent blog post on the top 10 emerging skills and jobs for 2022 which was based on an article from 2018, the updated Future of Job report has just been published and you can access it here
Key findings include:
Technology can lead to a rise in automation and artificial intelligence and changes in the workplace. Reductions in the salaried workforce due to technology integration, and more use of contractors for specialist work.
Whilst jobs will go, there will also be job creation with a 5.7% growth in emerging professions. It is estimated that by 2025, 85 million jobs may be displaced by a shift in the division of labour between humans and machines, while 97 million new roles may emerge that are more adapted to the new division of labour between humans, machines and algorithms.
There will be skills gaps, and these are the top skills needed, and we may need to develop these ourselves with 94% of business leaders expecting employees to pick these up on the job.
- Analytical thinking and innovation
- Active learning and learning strategies
- Creativity, originality, and initiative
- Technology design and programming
- Critical thinking and analysis
- Complex problem-solving
- Leadership and social influence
- Emotional intelligence
- Reasoning, problem-solving
- Systems analysis and evaluation
Inequality is likely to be exacerbated by the dual impact of technology and the pandemic recession. Jobs held by lower wage workers, women and younger workers have been impacted most severely by Covid.
Online learning and training is on the rise and those who are unemployed have focused on learning digital skills such as data analysis, computer science and information technology.
Remote working is here to stay but requires adaptation. Employers say there is the potential to move 44% of their workforce to operate remotely but some are finding it hard to adapt to the shift. To address concerns about productivity and well-being, about 1/3 of employers said they will take steps to create a sense of community among their employees.
Career pivots become the “new normal” – The research also indicated that a growing number of people are making career changes to entirely new occupations. Over 50% are moving into the growth areas of data and artificial intelligence. Others moving into social media managers and content writers (72%), and engineering roles (67%).