Pearson teamed up with researchers from Nesta and the Oxford Martin School to build a research project that moves the conversation about the future of work past automation and predicts the demand for work and skills in the US and UK economies in 2030.

Given the recent debates about automation and the future of work you'd be forgiven for thinking the job of policymakers was easy: governments should simply upskill workers to move from routine-intensive occupations in manufacturing and services that will be automated in the future to those that are not. 

However, the picture is considerably more complex and uncertain: not least because automation is just one of a number of technology trends - such as biotechnology, nanotechnology and the Internet of Things - that will have profound implications for the composition of the workforce. And technology change in turn is just one of multiple global trends that will impact on employment.

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