The Only Constant: Changing Nature of Work and Skills

The Conference Board of Canada, 21 pages, March 14, 2022
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The pandemic has accelerated challenges in the world of work, necessitating quick adaptations like flexible working arrangements, nimble retraining opportunities, and better labour market information.

Document Highlights

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new uncertainties into the already changing world of work. New remote and flexible working arrangements are an example of rapid adaptations that a crisis can catalyze.
  • Increasing automation of industries with the associated changes in labour needs remains a persistent priority to address.
  • Workers’ skill sets frequently do not meet employers’ needs. Leading practices that have been identified to address this problem include the following: skills-based hiring; access to good labour market information; and nimble upskilling and reskilling opportunities, including micro-credentialing.

Table of Contents

Key Findings
Background
Rapid and Dramatic Changes
Long-Standing Challenges Did Not Disappear
Ready for the Next Disruption
Appendix A—Methodology
Appendix B—Bibliography

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