Sunday Times

Other find­ings from the MasterS­tart sur­vey

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It’s tough out there

In all, 80% of the sam­ple be­lieved the job mar­ket to be tougher now than it was 10 years ago. Peo­ple in me­dia and mar­ket­ing es­pe­cially agreed with this (92.9%), along with those in man­u­fac­tur­ing (87.9%) and fi­nan­cial ser­vices (87%).

Age and lack of skills are the big­gest bar­ri­ers

Age was ref­er­enced most fre­quently as a bar­rier to fu­ture em­ploy­ment for those over 50. In the 18-24 and 25-34 brack­ets, lack of skills was seen as the most in­hibit­ing fac­tor.

Peo­ple in IT and tech felt most se­cure about their skills

Just un­der half the sam­ple felt they’d been held back by lack of skills. In all, 30% of par­tic­i­pants in IT and tech were com­pletely con­fi­dent their skills would sur­vive the10-year test. Those in other in­dus­tries were no­tice­ably less se­cure.

We’re not yet com­fort­able shar­ing our work with ro­bots

Close to a quar­ter of re­spon­dents felt AI had al­ready im­pacted their in­dus­try and only 20% said they were com­fort­able shar­ing their work­load with ro­bots. Sur­pris­ingly, 18-24-year-olds had the high­est level of un­ease about this.

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