The fate of 7 out of 10 employees is threatened. These professions could disappear from the labor market. “They will have to retrain or acquire new skills”

According to the latest report from the World Economic Forum, automation is expected to account for up to 85 million jobs. Pearson’s new analysis softens those predictions somewhat and shows that 20% will disappear in the future. professions. – The analysis shows that, among others, administrative and commercial staff, mainly cashiers – explains the expert. – In the case of 7 out of 10 professions, we know that they will not disappear, but will change significantly – he announces.

The pandemic has made remote work popular, automation has grown, and employees and employers have demonstrated unprecedented flexibility. However, we know that the skills required in the labor market will change. – People will have to cooperate with technology, the importance of social skills and analytical thinking skills will increase – explains Krzysztof Inglot, Personnel Service SA in an interview with Strefa Biznesu.

– In the case of 7 professions out of 10, we know that they will not disappear, but that they will change significantly. People will need to retrain or learn new skills, he adds.

The Pearson report shows that technological change and globalization mean that there will be no demand for administrative, secretarial and some sales occupations, mainly in retail. In addition, financial specialists who perform repetitive tasks are unlikely to survive in the job market.

However, as noted, the problem is not that people with lower or average skills will disappear. There will be more job openings in the restaurant and hospitality professions in the future. This is the result of growing consumer demand. Handicrafts related to hairdressing, brewing and textiles will also develop.

In its analysis, Pearson predicts not only declines but also increases in demand. The social sector will develop. Education, health and the public sector are sectors that cannot be automated and are strongly influenced by demographic trends. Similarly, growth will be seen in the sports, fitness and therapeutics sectors. Creative, digital, design and engineering professions are likely to grow, as are architects and green revolution specialists who will benefit from increased urbanization and interest in development. sustainable.

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– The data from the Pearson report analyzes the outlook for 2030, therefore in less than 8 years. The analysis shows that, among others, administrative and commercial staff, mainly cashiers. Therefore, they are people who perform repetitive activities, which are easy to replace with robotic work – explains the expert and adds that it is impossible to draw a simple conclusion that medium and low skills will disappear.

The Personnel Service’s “Polish Labor Market Barometer 2022” indicates that 44%. people declare their intention to learn new skills. The lack of motivation to acquire new knowledge and skills is 30%. employee. We are motivated to increase qualifications by accelerating automation – 17%. of employees know someone who lost their job in the past year as a result of the automation implemented in the company.

This is also confirmed by data from the 47th edition of the Labor Market Monitor prepared by Randstad, which shows that Polish employees wish to develop professionally, mainly for personal reasons and in order to increase their chances of better remuneration.

98 percent of respondents say they care about professional development, including 17 percent. he claims to a very large extent. Nearly half of respondents say their motivation is a personal desire for growth and satisfaction from learning new things, and 38% grow professionally to raise their self-esteem. 44 percent admit that they see professional development as an opportunity to increase their income with a future employer.

Pearson’s analysis identified several key skills. First of all, it is worth taking care of your interpersonal skills, which will become more important. Working in a team, the ability to find oneself in a diverse environment are assets that will be appreciated by any employer – underline the experts of the Personnel Department.

In addition, cognitive abilities such as originality, creativity and active learning are gaining importance. The last area concerns skills related to systems thinking – recognizing, combining facts, making decisions or analyzing facts.

Working time reduction is inevitable and will happen faster than you can imagine. Half a century ago, a six-week working week was the norm – Saturday was the same working day as the other days of the week. Then, for a long time, the rule of one free Saturday per month was applied.

Moving to a four-day week, with Fridays free as well, is a matter of the future – many companies around the world are already using this standard. The same goes for so-called unlimited vacations, which are becoming more and more common.

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