Work­ers fac­ing up to com­pletely re­train­ing or reskilling

Con­tin­u­ous learn­ing al­lows em­ploy­ees to keep up with technology’s im­pact on jobs, ac­cord­ing to PwC

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

Al­most three quar­ters (74%) of peo­ple sur­veyed by PwC are ready to learn a new skill or com­pletely re­train to keep them­selves em­ploy­able, see­ing it as their per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity and not em­ploy­ers, to keep their skills up­dated.

The find­ings are from PwC’s lat­est re­port, Work­force of the fu­ture: the com­pet­ing forces shap­ing 2030, which in­cludes find­ing from a sur­vey of 10,000 peo­ple across the UK, Ger­many, China, In­dia and the US. Their views re­in­force a shift to con­tin­u­ous learn­ing while earn­ing, so em­ploy­ees can keep up with technology’s im­pact on jobs and the work­place.

The re­port ex­am­ines four worlds of work in 2030, to show how com­pet­ing forces, in­clud­ing au­to­ma­tion, are shap­ing the work­forces of the fu­ture. Each sce­nario has huge im­pli­ca­tions for the world of work, which can­not be ig­nored by gov­ern­ments, or­gan­i­sa­tions or in­di­vid­u­als.

The ma­jor­ity of re­spon­dents be­lieve technology will im­prove their job prospects (65%) although work­ers in the US (73%) and In­dia (88%) are more con­fi­dent, than those in the UK (40%) and Ger­many (48%).

Over­all, nearly three quar­ters be­lieve technology will never re­place the hu­man mind (73%) and the ma­jor­ity (86%) say hu­man skills will al­ways be in de­mand.

Over­all, 37% of re­spon­dents be­lieve au­to­ma­tion is put­ting their job at risk, up from 33% in 2014. And over half (56%) think gov­ern­ments should take ac­tion needed to pro­tect jobs from au­to­ma­tion.

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