The challenge facing the United States today is to rebuild the links among work, opportunity, and economic security for all Americans in the face of accelerating technological change.
The world is in the midst of a transformation in the nature of work, as smart machines, artificial intelligence, new technologies, and global competition remake how people do their jobs and pursue their careers. The Work Ahead: Machines, Skills, and U.S. Leadership in the Twenty-First Century focuses on how to rebuild the links among work, opportunity, and economic security for all Americans in the face of accelerating change. The United States needs to create new work opportunities, better career paths, and higher incomes for its people, while developing a highly skilled and adaptable workforce. To prosper and to lead, the United States needs to find new ways to meet the workforce challenges of the twenty-first century.
The seven major findings of the Task Force are:
- Accelerating technological change will alter or eliminate many human jobs. Although many new jobs will be created, the higher-paying ones will require greater levels of education and training. In the absence of mitigating policies, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are likely to exacerbate inequality and leave more Americans behind.
- Embracing technological innovation and speeding adoption are critical for U.S. national security and economic competitiveness. Openness to trade and immigration are also vital for maintaining U.S. technological leadership.
- Strong economic growth that leads to full employment has been the most consistently successful approach for raising the wages of Americans.
- The lack of accessible educational opportunities that are clearly and transparently linked to the changing demands of the job market is a significant obstacle to improving work outcomes for Americans.
- U.S. efforts to help displaced workers are inadequate. Unemployment insurance is too rigid and covers too few workers, and retraining programs are not based on the best global models.
- Too many jobs are going unfilled because of restrictions related to credentialing, mobility, and hiring practices. More could also be done to create new opportunities in higher-unemployment regions.
- Current workplace benefits—from sick leave to retirement plans—are too often available only to full-time employees, and are not adapted to the emerging world in which more workers are part-time, contract, or gig workers.
The Work Ahead offers recommendations for government, business, educators, and nongovernmental institutions. Moving forward will require creativity and courage by leaders in many fields—not business as usual. Many of the recommendations draw from smaller-scale initiatives already underway around the country. Some would be immediately beneficial, while others will require long-term commitments.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at The Work Ahead: Machines, Skills, and U.S. Leadership in the Twenty-First Century
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Future of Work – Automation has not been employment-displacing but has reduced labor’s share in value added study finds
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The Future of Work in Canada – Eight archetypes of jobs
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Future of Work – Automation is a threat to low-income Workers unless the education and workforce systems change
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Future of Work in US – Roughly three-quarters of Americans think it’s realistic that robots and computers might one day do many jobs
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The Future of Work in the Automotive Sector – Deteriorating employment and working conditions.
This summary report on the future of work in the automotive sector focuses on the major changes facing the sector. These include: the rise of emerging economies, new mobilities, the “greening” of the product, and the digitalization of production. This is in order to identify the main challenges for employment and industrial relations and to … Continue reading
The Future of Work – Four ways work will change
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The Future of Jobs – UK construction industry will need to reskill over 600,000 employees over the next two decades
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The Future of Work in Europe – A union perspective
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The Future of Work – A false alarmism that contributes to a culture of risk aversion and holds back technology adoption
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Future of Work – Future Skills by the Australian Industry Skills Committee
The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) commissioned the Future Skills and Training Resource to gather and analyse data on Australian and international megatrends, their potential impact on Australia’s future workforce and the implications for vocational education and training. It complements existing data sources and Industry Reference Committee (IRC) intelligence. It is a practical resource intended to … Continue reading
Future of Work in US – 58% say there should be limits on the number of jobs that businesses can replace with machines
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The Future of Work – Erica Groshen, former head of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on
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Lifelong Learning – The future of learning is not in the classroom, with increased importance of “soft” attributes as collaboration, empathy, and meaning making
The future of learning is not in the classroom. It’s in the field—finding ways to do better while doing the work. This won’t happen by chance. You need to model learning behaviors and invest in the development of learning processes and tools. You need to take an appropriately humble stand about the challenges ahead—for you … Continue reading
The Future of Work – Artificial Intelligence (AI) won’t replace most jobs but people using it are starting to replace people who don’t
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The Future of Work – 95% believe they need new skills to stay relevant at work
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The Future of Work – The Middle East and North Africa
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The Future of Work – Launch of the ILO’s Global Commission
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The Future of Work – Where the robots are in US : A map
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The future of Work – Adaptability is the key
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The Future of Work – A framework for understanding
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The Future of Work and Automation – The policy implications
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The Future of Work – What automation will change
Technology experts and economists are engaged in a growing debate about the effect of automation technologies in the workplace. Some “techno-pessimists” are concerned about the mass destruction of jobs, while “techno-optimists” see considerable productivity gains for the economy that will in turn help create new work opportunities. Technology in the past has tended to create … Continue reading
The Future of Work – The skills that will count
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