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Future of work

The future of work is changing, with emerging technologies such as robotics and AI set to become common place. For this to play out positively, and to combat the potential of displacement of jobs, we must create the right conditions. techUK believes that we need to act now to equip people and businesses with the skills they need to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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Fast Forward for Digital Jobs

The Fast Forward for Digital Jobs report highlights the significant discrepancy between the upsurge in demand for digitally skilled workers in areas such as coding and the opportunity to retrain in these fields for the many millions made redundant due to the COVID-19 recession. It takes insights from techUK's Fast Forward for Digital Jobs Taskforce, which includes Google, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, BT, Salesforce, Cisco, FDM, and UKFast, and the wider tech industry to see how we can work together to signpost the opportunity of digital jobs to more people and work to ensure that these opportunities are open to people of diverse backgrounds.

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Preparing for change: How tech parents view education and the future of work

techUK surveyed parents working in tech to find out what they thought the future of work held for their children and how well our education system was preparing them for the jobs and labour market of tomorrow. Tech parents are confident that their children will have good opportunities for interesting and rewarding work as the economy becomes ever more digital, but they are also very clear that having the right skills will be key. Education policy and lifelong learning provision needs to meet the needs of a fast-moving, fast-changing labour market that ensures opportunities for all.

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UCL Disruptive Voices podcast - AI and the Future of Work

UCL · Disruptive Voices - AI and the Future of Work

In this series from UCL, guests share their innovative solutions and ideas for addressing societal challenges, discussing topics from a cross-disciplinary perspective and inspiring and encouraging us to think differently about issues of local, national, and global concern.

This podcast features Professor Rose Luckin, UCL Institute of Education and Nimmi Patel, Policy Manager - Skills, Talent & Diversity at techUK discussing what AI developments could mean for the future of work in the UK and globally, and how we need to redefine our understanding of good work to harness AI’s potential for positive change. Presented by Dr James Paskins.

techUK gives evidence at House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee

techUK Deputy CEO Antony Walker gave oral evidence to the Committee on preparations for changes in the world of work. The session examined the role of employers in retraining and reskilling and how changes in the world of work are likely to affect specific sectors and working practices.

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techUK has also submitted written evidence and provided oral evidence to the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee inquiry which led to the subsequent Automation and the future of work report.

 

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COVID-19 is accelerating future of work trends

techUK's future of work webinar highlighted how COVID-19 is forcing us to change the way we work, with many people having to work remotely and home school using digital technologies, but what does this mean for the people, for our economy and our society?

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Making the UK the best place to start and grow a digital business is contingent on our ability to skill, attract and retain the brightest global talent. techUK’s Skills, Talent and Diversity Programme seeks to ensure the UK has a world-leading tech workforce by equipping the pipeline of talent with digital skills to become digital leaders, attracting and retaining a diverse workforce & making sure the UK is an attractive location for talent from across the world.

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