The future of work
Many people have concerns when they think about the future of work and their current job. You will have noticed that simpler jobs are being deprecated or automatised (e.g. many supermarkets invite shoppers to use self-service checkouts, where shoppers scan and pay for the articles themselves). In addition, automation will in the future impact all areas of our lives, not stopping at higher skilled jobs.
This causes concern for some people. However, this development is nothing new. Since time immemorial, innovations have replaced older jobs and changed the way people work. However, despite all the disruptive innovations of the last two centuries, there has never been as many jobs in Europe as there are today. Productivity has been increased massively and the economy has grown significantly. Through the use of new technologies and gains in efficiency, companies in Europe have become more competitive. They have been securing their sites with new jobs – although often quite different ones to even 15 years ago.