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Roberto Suárez Santos, Deputy Secretary-General at suarezsantos(at)

Phone: +41 22 929 00 27

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Future of Work



Executive SummaryFull version

The world of work is experiencing major changes as a result of the exponential rate of dynamic processes such as digitalisation, the growth of the digital economy and technological advances. Coupled with profound changes in the organisation of work, globalisation, demographic change, environmental challenges, as well as new ways of organising the production of goods and the delivery of services, the Future of Work presents society and employers with a myriad of opportunities as well as considerable challenges. Automation, for example, will likely mean that existing jobs or tasks could disappear or be fundamentally re-designed. The result is that there will be major changes in the capabilities and skills needed in the labour market. Technological disruption and disruptive innovation will also play an important role in shaping the Future of Work. Significant challenges arising from future forms of employment may include the polarisation of skills, and difficulty ensuring the adequacy of existing legal, institutional, or social protection frameworks, among others.

In collaboration with a Taskforce of Employers’ Organisations and companies, the IOE has drafted the Brief “Understanding the Future of Work”; a living document to be used by members in their national discussions and policy debates. The IOE is contributing to the debate and organises workshops and conferences to further explore the policy responses needed and to foster brainstorming among employers