Future of jobs report 2020 (WEF)

The Future of Jobs WEF report maps the jobs and skills of the future, tracking the pace of change. It aims to shed light on the pandemic-related disruptions in 2020, contextualized within a longer history of economic cycles and the expected outlook for technology adoption, jobs and skills in the next five years. The Future of Jobs survey informs the report. It is based on the projections of senior business leaders (typically Chief Human Resource Officers and Chief Strategy Officers) representing nearly 300 global companies, which collectively employ 8 million workers.

  • The workforce is automating faster than expected, displacing 85 million jobs in next five years
  • The robot revolution will create 97 million new jobs, but communities most at risk from disruption will need support from businesses and governments
  • In 2025, analytical thinking, creativity and flexibility are among the top skills needed; with data and artificial intelligence, content creation and cloud computing the top emerging professions
  • The most competitive businesses will be those that choose to reskill and upskill current employees

The report is available from the World Economic Forum website

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