This report from the World Economic Forum takes a look at technological change and provides tools which can support businesses, workers and government confront the critical questions arising as a result of the changing world of work.
A significant volume of research on the theme of the future of work has emerged since the World Economic Forum published its initial report on the subject - The Future of Jobs: Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution - at the Forum’s Annual Meeting in January 2016. What the future of work might hold is a concern that resonates broadly and that has fuelled extensive discussion among policy-makers, business leaders and individual workers. Over the past few years, academics, think tanks, strategy consultants and policy-makers have debated what the future of work might look like, how it can be productively shaped for the benefit of economies and societies, and the implications of changes to work for individuals, for their livelihoods, and for the youngest generations studying to enter the future workforce.
Common to these recent debates is an awareness that, as technological breakthroughs rapidly shift the frontier between the work tasks performed by humans ans those performed by machines and algorithms, global labour markets are likely to undergo major transformations.