24/09/19 The European Commission launched today a report on the impact of digitalization on the nature of jobs

This report (“The changing nature of work and skills in the digital age”) provides new insights on the interplay between automation, jobs and work organisation and what these mean for skills in the EU.

The report shows that new technologies do not only create or destroy jobs but, more importantly, they change what people do on the job, and how they do it.

This reconfiguration of jobs will increasingly require individuals to leverage their "human advantage", by acquiring skills that help them to adapt and learn in ever-changing workplaces.

Along with digital skills, non-cognitive skills represent the common denominator of many of the emerging jobs.
Main messages of this report presented at today’s launch event:

  • Due to the impact of tech on employment, the future of work ‘hype’ is constantly growing.

  • Along with interest, concerns have also grown; with large variations, conservative estimates put millions of jobs at high risk of automation.

  • Jobs most exposed to automation are those involving routine tasks and requiring little social interactions (divers, cleaners, food preparation assistants, assemblers, laborers in construction, manufacturing and transport, etc).

  • Tech-induced job creation may offset job losses.  

  • Future trends: demand for digital and strong non-cognitive skills is expected to rise – almost all occupation that have expanded since 2011 require above average social interactions and use of computers at work.