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Automation and the future of work

Will there be enough work for humans to do? What is that work likely to be?

The future of work in an age of automation is one of the hottest trending topics over the past few years. By now, there is widespread acknowledgement that automation is transforming labor markets, but the conversation has moved on to the specifics of what work human beings are likely to be doing and how to ensure that they have the skills and capabilities to do them.

MGI leaders have presented research on automation and the future of work at major forums including the UN General Assembly, the IMF-World Bank annual meetings, the Tallinn Digital Summit of EU heads of state, Alibaba’s Think Tank Conference, the European Think Tank Summit in London, Chatham House, the Boao Forum for Asia, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Concordia Annual Summit Strategic Dialogue on the Future of Work, the Aspen Ideas Festival, a future of work workshop in Dubai hosted by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization and the International Labour Organization, a digital future of work summit co-hosted by MGI and the NYU Stern School of Business in New York, and several salon dinners in San Francisco, New York, London, and Brussels.

Publications

A future that works: Automation employment and productivity

In this report, part of MGI’s ongoing research into the future of work, we analyzed the automation potential of the global economy, the factors that will determine the pace and extent of workplace adoption, and the economic impact associated with its potential.

Technology, jobs, and the future of work

This briefing note, prepared for the Fortune-Time Global Forum in Vatican City, explores shifting trends in employment, income, and skills. It considers how automation and technology will reshape the nature of work and proposes a framework for meeting the societal challenges.
 

Retraining and reskilling workers in the age of automation

Executives increasingly see investing in retraining and “upskilling” existing workers as an urgent business priority that companies, not governments, must lead on.

India’s labor market: A new emphasis on gainful employment

India’s labor-force participation declined between 2011 and 2015, prompting observers to question whether the nation is experiencing jobless growth. Instead, it appears that India’s labor market is undergoing a significant structural shirt away from agriculture.

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Canada

In the latest in MGI’s Power of Parity series on gender inequality, this report focused on Canada. MGI ranks Canada in the top ten of 95 countries on gender equality, but progress has stalled over the past 20 years.

Jobs lost, jobs gained: Workforce transitions in a time of automation

MGI’s latest research on the future of work picked up from the earlier work on automation. It developed a range of scenarios for how the mix of occupations could evolve within countries through 2030 as a result of automation and potential new labor demand, and what the implications could be for skills and wages.

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