the age of automation.

Jobs in the future will not be the same as those of today. Despite an increase in total employment, on average 1 in 7 individual workers will be faced with job loss as a direct result of automation.

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jobs in the future will not be the same as those of today.

It has been more than a year since COVID-19 shattered the world order as we knew it. Since then, we all have confronted uncertainty, anxiety and isolation. At the same time, we’re more resilient, innovative and cohesive despite global restrictions.

All of these dynamics are unfolding quickly in the world of work, where employers have redefined their workplace, workers have adjusted to new ways of
doing their jobs, and families have learned to live and work in the same environment.

There are many challenges as we look ahead, and some of the answers can be best found by examining the past and current trends that brought us here. This is the focus of Randstad’s 2021 Flexibility@Work, a new report that closely looks at how the world of work has been shaped by a convergence
of forces never seen before...and what to expect in the months and years ahead. This year’s edition follows the evolution of workplace flexibility, how automation is shifting the skills in demand and the growing importance of inclusive labour practices, as well as many other current developments and topics.

The 2021 Flexibility@Work offers insights into the big trends we all are grappling with. The report is organised into the following sections:

  • preface and vision by Randstad global CEO, Jacques
  • commentary by global partner organizations
  • The main report in three sections
    • redefining work
    • skills in the age of automation
    • a sustainable labour market

and contains global partner commentaries are from leading labour and economic organisations, including:

  • Guy Ryder, International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Stefano Scarpetta of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Sharan Burrow, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • David Hoey, WorldSkills International
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COVID-19 has disrupted work but encouraged a more flexible, collaborative and inclusive workforce.

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automation is creating new opportunities.

While 10% of all UK jobs are at high risk of being replaced by automation, as technologies make some roles obsolete, they also create fresh demand for others, many of them better than those they replace.