Deloitte Consulting ran a webinar on the future of work. Subtitled “The robots are coming”, it discussed the technologies which are changing how work gets done and, through the growth of the gig economy and advances in artificial intelligence, who does the work and what work will look like.
Some of the highlights:
- 57% of jobs are vulnerable to automation – work, workers, workplace are all going to change dramatically in the coming years
- Robots are replacing routine work, freeing us up to do more human things where creative thinking, emotional intelligence, judgement and problem solving are required
- Between 2001 and 2015 800,000 jobs in the UK were lost to technology, But 3.5m were created with an average salary £10,000 higher
- We’re entering an age of lifelong learning – today the half-life of new skills learnt is between two and a half and five years, compared to 30 years in 1984; there’s a need for us to constantly reskill
- The new workforce will be highly diverse – traditional employees will increasingly be joined by contractors, freelancers and crowd-sourced talent, plus robots and AI applications
- The 100-year life is becoming the norm (in less than a decade, the number of people on HM The Queen’s staff writing to centenarians on her behalf has risen from one to seven) and as a result people are working a lot longer.
- In the next 20 years there will be four generations active within the workforce.
The workplace is being revolutionised by artificial intelligence, robotics and digital disruption. There’s a short Deloitte promotional video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQvswtXJz2M&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTmpBMk1UYzJZMlEzTXpWaCIsInQiOiJ4S3l3SFpUeVRIeTFLZmdZdURIRjRGV2cxQnFrZCt2MnM5aWZyRkw5bFZUVDdEbkNzdkJyYlI3Vm5WbnF0WTU5V3RmbVVnTmN2NVpDbnkwZkRIdTlVM010TjZkK3ZJR0JxVGUwODFURmNlbmpFVVwvcDdCdzd6eStNTXVFekV5QTcifQ%3D%3D about the new realities of work and how things might not turn out as bad as we imagine.