Labour Market Disruptions and the Future of Work

Automation, artificial intelligence and digitalization are changing the nature of work. New technology will remove workers from unsafe areas and automate repetitive tasks, impacting both physical and knowledge work. Most industries will need fewer manual labourers, and low/semi-skilled workers, but also fewer engineers, professionals, and middle management. Research suggests that new roles will emerge but overall numbers are expected to fall.

Meanwhile, the workforce of the African continent is expected to increase by 122 million people by 2022. In countries with large populations of low-skilled workers, companies must balance the efficiency gains of technological advancement against the need to generate employment to maintain their social licence to operate.

This event will highlight the impact of technological disruption on job creation and development, and the positive applications of technology for inclusion and expanding economic opportunities. Speakers will discuss the policy framework and the role of government in capitalizing on technological change, including on bridging skills gaps and ensuring inclusive growth. Industry practitioners will share experiences and lessons in preparing their organizations for the future of work.

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