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Future of work in Canada by 2030 – Views By Daniel Kebbe

LIKE your job? Don’t plan on it being the same in a few years. A report has analysed how much jobs are going to change — and no one is immune.

EVERY job in Canada will be changed and some wiped out in little over a decade, a new report has predicted.

Canadians planning to stick around in the workforce beyond the next 13 years can plan on writing and communicating more, and carrying out repetitive tasks a lot less, thanks to automation.

The Foundation for Young Canadians has today released their New Work Smarts report after analysing over 2 billion hours of work completed by 1 million Canadian workers across 40 occupations to predict the skills and capabilities that will be needed in 2030.

The report predicts highlights implications for all sectors and workers, and no job is safe.

With today’s 15-year-olds likely to make 17 changes in employers across five different careers, according to the research, young people need to be prepared to learn on the job.

Researchers predict young workers will on average spend 30 per cent more time per week learning, 100 per cent more time at work solving problems, and more than 77 per cent more time using science, technology, maths and engineering (STEM) skills than the same jobs demand now.

Workers will need to become better problem solvers and communicators, having to use enterprise skills or soft skills for an average of 12 hours each week (up 90 per cent) and critical thinking for 15 hours each week (up 40 per cent).

Future employees will also need to become better more empathetic and persuasive, as well as better listeners, with these skills being needed 17 per cent more than they are today in 2030, the report says.

Managers are also predicted to become less important, with workers predicted to become more independent and flexible.“On average, they will work without a manager for three hours more a week, receive one hour less instruction and rely two hours less on organisational co-ordination with colleagues and superiors.”


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