According to the latest forecasts, the next 5 years are going to prove crucial, for over 85 million people will have lost their jobs by that time. The so-called “revolution of robots” is to blame
The UN’s news center refers to the analysis conducted by the experts of the World Economic Forum. They have compiled a list of main tendencies that will shape the labor segment for the observable future. It goes without saying that we are in for a lot of changes, since the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on all fields of life, including economy and labor conditions. However, the aforementioned tendencies will be brought about by the technological progress.
Despite the fact that the attention is now entirely drawn to the pandemic, the automatization of productions has gathered steam rapidly. So much so, that the pandemic has become one of the reasons for the progress speeding up, according to the analysis. It is believed that by 2025 all the jobs will have been done equally (50/50) by humans and machines. Certainly, some spheres will undergo a fast development in view of such progress. Also, a great demand for artificial intelligence experts is expected. It is obvious that some skills can only be acquired by a human, with the progress going hand in hand with the advent of new professions and gradual rebranding of the existing ones. Thus, the global labor market will see a staggering 100 million of new jobs. The internet and social networks are likely to continue growing. A significant demand is bound to prevail in the ever-relevant spheres, such as services, marketing and sales. The “green economy” and engineering stand next on the list, impacting the entire process greatly.
The results of the analysis show that it is human intellect that will be mostly sought after, not manual work. People specializing themselves in certain fields will have to spend much time learning and constantly acquiring news skills. They will be forced to do courses and other necessary schooling. It is also worth mentioning that lots of financially strong companies are ready now to teach their future employees.
What are the qualities that employees should have? The World Economic Forum has outlined the following ones: ability to learn; creativity; analytical thinking; flexibility; ability to cope with stress.
Work from home remains another important issue, since the pandemic has become the reason why this phenomenon has gained in popularity despite its apparent drawbacks. About 84% of employers will have some of their employees working from home. It remains to be seen, though, whether such change will prove fruitful.