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19% expect tech disruption to increase jobs, reveals ManpowerGroup

The future of work is bright according to ManpowerGroup in its report “The Skills Revolution”, a survey of 18,000 employers across all sectors in 43 countries, published today at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. One in five employers (19%) expect technological disruption to increase jobs as they adapt to the future of work and six in ten employers (64%) expect to maintain headcount if people have the right skills and are prepared to learn, apply and adapt.

New technologies will require increasingly specialist skills for people and organisations. Plenty has been written predicting the future: more jobs, different jobs, less jobs, even no jobs. Few are telling people that they will need new skills and they will need them more often to stay employable for jobs we may not even have heard of yet.

Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup chairman & CEO, stated, “In this Skills Revolution, learnability - the desire and ability to learn new skills to stay relevant and remain employable - will be the great equalizer.

“The rise in populism and the polarization of the workforce continues to play out in front of our eyes. It’s time to take immediate action to upskill and reskill employees to address the gaps between the Haves and the Have Nots - those that have the right skills and those that are at risk of being left behind.  We also need to draw in those that are not fully participating in the workforce. That’s what we mean by the emergence of a Skills Revolution.”

Key findings of the report include:

●Employers in Italy, Guatemala and Peru are most optimistic

●People in IT and customer-facing roles should feel optimistic

●Rapid growth in demand is also expected across almost all industries and geographies for data analysts

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