Skill shift: automation and the future of the workforce


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Automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the nature of work. In this discussion paper, part of our ongoing research on the impact of technology on the economy, business, and society, we present new findings on the coming shifts in demand for workforce skills and how work is organized within companies, as people increasingly interact with machines in the workplace. We quantify time spent on 25 core workplace skills today and in the future for the United States and five European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK), with a particular focus on five sectors:...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Technology; Workforce development; Management

Keywords: Technological change; Automation; Job requirements; Work organisation; Skill needs; Workplace; Future; Change management; Workforce planning; Human resources

Geographic subjects: Europe; France; Germany; Italy; Spain; Great Britain; United States; North America

Published: [San Francisco, California]: McKinsey Global Institute, 2018

Physical description: [iv], 73 p. (discussion paper) + [2] p. (executive summary)

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Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 132.584

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