The Only Constant: Changing Nature of Work and Skills

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The Only Constant: Changing Nature of Work and Skills

Education & Skills
Pages:21 pages35 min read

Author: Ananda Fadila, Erin Macpherson, Jessica Rizk

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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.

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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.

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