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


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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