Research outcome released by the World Economic Forum in January 2016 on the topic of The Future of Jobs
Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution indicate amongst other the following:
Two job types stand out due to the frequency and consistency with which they were mentioned across practically all industries and geographies are expected to become critically important by the year 2020.
- The first are data analysts, which companies expect will help them make sense and derive insights from the torrent of data generated by technological disruptions.
- The second are specialized sales representatives, as practically every industry will need to become skilled in commercializing and explaining their offerings to business or government clients and consumers, either due to the innovative technical nature of the products themselves or due to new client targets with which the company is not yet familiar, or both.
- A particular need is also seen in industries as varied as Energy and Media, Entertainment and Information for a new type of senior manager who will successfully steer companies through the upcoming change and disruption…
… On average, by 2020, more than a third of the desired core skill sets of most occupations will be comprised of skills that are not yet considered crucial to the job today, according to our respondents. Overall, social skills—such as persuasion, emotional intelligence and teaching others—will be in higher demand across industries than narrow technical skills, such as programming or equipment operation and control. In essence, technical skills will need to be supplemented with strong social and collaboration skills.
Murray Burger and Dennis Farrell (Dr) have developed sound People Practices to assist organisations to position themselves for the 4th Industrial Revolution.