techUK will explore how the future of work is emerging across the globe and the opportunities and challenges of the 4IR in different economies, as part of the Exploring the Future of Work Series.

Technology is transforming the world of work, and hybrid and remote work changing the relationship between employment and place, posing questions around how the future of work will manifest in different places across the world. The proliferation of technology can drive productivity and provide opportunities for economic growth in most sectors, changing the nature of jobs and creating new ones, but its effect is likely to vary in different countries and regions based on the particular strengths of their economies and stages of development.

This session will explore the future of work in global perspective, assessing the opportunities and challenges of the changing face of work and how the benefits of the 4IR can be realised across the world. The panel will consider questions including:

  • How is the future of work emerging in different parts of the world and what is driving those patterns?
  • How are different countries and jurisdictions responding to the digital transformations of the future of work?
  • What are the economic growth and new employment opportunities of the future of work for developing economies?
  • In what ways might the proliferation of technology widen or narrow gaps between nations?
  • What is the role of technology and vocational skills training in ensuring inclusive growth as technology changes the nature of work?
  • What steps must be taken for developing economies to harness and apply new technologies, and to mitigate the potential negative impacts of the increased use of technology like automation, including brain drain, onshoring, or gendered job displacement?
  • What are the potential challenges and implications of demographic shifts in the future global workforce?
  • How can international collaboration itself be enhanced by technology and how can such collaboration support inclusive growth across the global digital economy of the future?