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The changing nature of work and skills in the digital age

Ignacio Gonzalez Vazquez (), Santo Milasi, Stephanie Carretero (), Joanna Napierała, Nicolas Robledo Bottcher (), Koen Jonkers, Xabier Goenaga Beldarrain (), Eskarne Arregui Pabollet (), Margherita Bacigalupo, Federico Biagi (), Marcelino Cabrera Giraldez (), Francesca Caena (), Jonatan Castaño Muñoz, Clara Centeno, John Edwards (), Enrique Fernandez Macias (), Emilia Gomez Gutierrez (), Estrella Gomez Herrera (), Andreia Inamorato Dos Santos (), Panagiotis Kampylis, David Klenert, Montserrat Lopez Cobo (), Robert Marschinski, Annarosa Pesole, Yves Punie, Songuel Tolan, Sergio Torrejón Pérez, Maria Cesira Urzì Brancati and Riina Vuorikari
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Ignacio Gonzalez Vazquez: European Commission - JRC,
Nicolas Robledo Bottcher: European Commission - JRC,
Xabier Goenaga Beldarrain: European Commission - JRC,
Eskarne Arregui Pabollet: European Commission - JRC,
Federico Biagi: European Commission - JRC,
Marcelino Cabrera Giraldez: European Commission - JRC,
Francesca Caena: European Commission - JRC,
John Edwards: European Commission - JRC,
Enrique Fernandez Macias: European Commission - JRC,
Emilia Gomez Gutierrez: European Commission - JRC,
Estrella Gomez Herrera: European Commission - JRC,
Andreia Inamorato Dos Santos: European Commission - JRC,
Montserrat Lopez Cobo: European Commission - JRC,

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Enrique Fernandez-Macias, Montserrat López-Cobo and Estrella Gomez-Herrera

No JRC117505, JRC Research Reports from Joint Research Centre

Abstract: This report aims to shed light on some of the key drivers which are worth taking into account when assessing the effect of new technologies on the future of work and skills. It combines a synthesis of the most recent and robust scientific evidence available with original JRC research on issues which have been often overlooked by existing studies. In particular, the report provides new insights on the interplay between automation and work organisation, the extent and nature of platform work, and the patterns of occupational changes across EU regions. The first chapter discusses the impact of technology on employment. It overviews the most recent estimates on technology-induced job creation and destruction, and provides new insights on the role of workplace organisation in shaping the effect of new technologies on labour markets. The second chapter discusses how skills needs are shifting towards digital and non-cognitive skills, showing evidence of an increasing shortage of these skills in the EU, which education systems are not fully tackling yet. The third chapter reviews the opportunities and challenges related to the recent upwards trend in new forms of employment in the EU, focusing on the results of the second wave of the COLLEEM survey on platform work in the EU. The final chapter presents results from a new JRC-Eurofound study on the patterns of occupational change in EU regions in the last 15 years which shows that low-wage jobs have increasingly concentrated in peripheral regions while higher-wage jobs are becoming more and more concentrated in capital regions, leading to increasing territorial disparities, both across and within EU Member States.

Keywords: Automation; Technological change; Non-cognitive skills; Digital labour platforms; Future of work; Digital skills; Regional employment; Structural transformation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 104 pages
Date: 2019-09
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