Over the last 30 years society has become more and more reliant on technology. This over-reliance has even crossed over into the workplace, but according to research conducted by the Manpower Group, this reliance on technology is not likely to translate into less jobs in the coming years.
The article “We Are Facing a Skills Revolution and Learnability Will Be the World’s Great Equalizer in This Age of Acceleration” helps to explain that as long as employees continue to acquire new, relevant skills they will continue to be employable.
Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup Chairman & CEO explained that “the desire and ability to learn new skills (will keep potential individuals) relevant and (help employees) remain employable.”
Essentially the future will mirror the past. Those who became familiar with technology, and computers early enjoyed an advantage during the early wave of the internet, and those who were not familiar with computers were forced to learn. The report even highlights the IT and Customer Service as growing industries.
Specifically, the report projects rapid growth in data analyst positions which require (individuals) to make sense of big data, and unsurprisingly HR departments who will be given the important task of finding qualified employees to fill these positions.
However, these feelings of optimism were not mirrored around the world where employers expect to cut staff as technology improves. Employers in India, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Slovenia all expect to reduce staff size, while employers in Italy, Guatemala and Peru view the idea of robots on the workforce rather favorably.
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