Millions of jobs stand to be lost thanks to advances in technology such as robotics, artificial intelligence and 3D printing, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF), but mobility is one of the key solutions to the growing problem.
The WEF’s Future of Jobs report, released alongside the organisation’s annual meeting in Davos, says that more than seven million jobs are at risk from redundancy, automation or disintermediation thanks to technological change.
The report, which covers 15 of the world’s largest economies including Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States, predicts that the losses will occur by 2020.
White collar office and administrative roles will be worst hit. The losses will be offset somewhat by the creation of 2.1 million new jobs in fields such at computing, architecture and engineering.
“These predictions are likely to be relatively conservative and leave no room for complacency,” the WEF said in its announcement.