Securing decent work for everyone
In the period up to 2030 job polarisation is expected to grow further. Jobs in the higher and lower skills spectrum are expected to grow in size, while mid-level jobs are expected to be hollowed out. Overall, 4 out of 5 new jobs will be in high-skilled occupations. The phenomenon of job polarisation is not new. However, we are at a stage where the technological advances seem to be affecting routinised occupations the most. So, a question we want to ask is whether we are heading towards a fully polarised labour market and what are the implications of this? This trend is driven mostly by sectoral changes (for instance service workers) but also technological change that makes some occupations more relevant than others. For instance, many clerks, such as general and keyboard clerks or numerical and material recording clerks, will lose a significant share in employment because they now become less relevant. We need to ask how workers in middle level occupations are protected and how decent work for everyone is secured?