Doing business in a changing world

29 September, 2017

By 2030, the average worker will experience 17 different jobs over five careers as automation, globalisation and flexibility change the way we do things.

They will spend 100 per cent more time solving problems at work than workers today, use maths and science skills 77 per more often and interpersonal skills 17 per cent more.

These are the findings of research by the Foundation for Young Australian’s New Work Order report, which analysed more than 20 billion hours of work completed by 12 million Australia workers to predict the skills and capabilities that matter most in 2030.

It found the workforce will spend 30 per cent more time each week learning skills on the job, and 41 per cent more time on critical thinking and judgment.

Workers will need to develop an entrepreneurial mindset because management will fall by 26 per cent, organisation co-ordination will drop 16 per cent and teaching will be down 10 per cent. 

So where does all of this leave businesses when it comes to making adjustments to their workforce.

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Director of Workplace Relations Policy Scott Barklamb will look at what transformations will take place in the workplace at a special breakfast on October 3.

“New technologies appear set to displace work, not just blue collar jobs as there are growing suggestions that the work of lawyers, auditors and other white collar workers may change,” Barklamb says.

Barklamb will examine opportunities and challenges presented for employers as the world of work changes.

“There is widespread discussion about how new platforms such as Uber and Airtasker are changing the world of work and I will identify key trends and likely challenges for WA businesses,” he says.

►Hear more from Soctt Barklamb on the implications of doing business in a changing world of work – register for CCI’s IR breakfast here.