Digital competences and qualifications will be a prerequisite for individuals to be able to participate in society and the labour market. Digitalisation poses new challenges with respect to vocational training and the system of continuing professional development. Certain skills will be in greater demand in the future. To prevent a deeper social divide, everyone needs to be able to participate in change processes in the working world and at education and training institutions.
Studies that aim to predict the effects of digitalisation on employment differ may differ in detail, but there’s a consensus that the demand for low-skilled work/jobs (i.e. routine work) will decrease with digialisation. This means that especially in the low-skilled segment, workers will experience greater pressure than in other segments.
Especially in manufacturing and administrative sectors, routine work is forecast to decrease. At the same time, prognoses show that the need for soft skills, project-based and interdisciplinary cooperation is increasing with digitalisation. Alongside high-skilled workers, confident consumers are needed for new digital markets, as well as capable, well-informed citizens.