Australia’s jobs are being affected by the rapid innovation in digital technologies. Increasing automation and the greater use of technology at work are constantly changing our work landscape. In addition, other factors such as ageing populations, more flexible work, and a focus on work-life balance are also influencing what our current and future jobs look like.
Previous reports examining Australia’s labour market at the national level estimated around 40% to 44% of jobs are highly susceptible to automation in the coming years. While it is true that we may lose some jobs to automation, innovations in digital technologies will also bring about new jobs and change the way current jobs are done. In this report we go beyond the national picture to present our take on how jobs in regions could change as a consequence of greater automation.
There has been a great deal of discussion on the type of skills required by workers of the future to ensure employability. Together with NBN Co., RAI launched a report in early 2017 on the Future of Work looking at how jobs will change and the skills necessary to remain competitive in the future labour market. The consensus from the report was that, by 2030, employers will place greater demand on skills that are high tech (i.e. specialist), high touch (i.e. practical), and high care (i.e. personal). This is consistent with literature and employment projections that emphasise the need for workers to have skills that are not easily automated.
In the face of continued technological change, Australia’s labour market will have to adapt. To understand how this adaptation needs to occur it is necessary to identify where vulnerable jobs are located.
Please note: To help regions prepare for the work force of the future, the RAI has also put together a Regional Job Automation Pack to provide local leaders and decision makers with the information they need to identify key problem areas and start developing responses to maximise opportunities and minimise, or eliminate, potential barriers. The pack can be accessed via the link provided.