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Workforce of the future

The competing forces shaping 2030

About the report

We are living through a fundamental transformation in the way we work. Automation and 'thinking machines' are replacing human tasks, changing the skills that organisations are looking for in their people. But what will the future look like?

This isn’t a time to sit back and wait for events to unfold. To be prepared for the future, you have to understand it.

Our 'Workforce of the future' study looks at four possible Worlds of Work for 2030 and the views of 10,000 people to kick-start your thinking.

PwC\'s workforce in the future

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PwC’s Global People and Organisation leaders discuss the report findings and the competing forces that are influencing the world of work | Duration 4:15 


Key report messages for leaders

Act now

This isn’t about some ‘far future’ of work - change is already happening, and accelerating.

No regrets and bets

Plan for a dynamic, rather than static future. Make ‘no regrets’ moves that work with most scenarios - but you’ll need to make some ‘bets’ too.

Make a bigger leap

Don’t be constrained by your starting point. You might need a more radical change than just a small step away from where you are today.

Own the automation debate

A depth of understanding and keen insight into the changing technology landscape is a must.

People not jobs

Organisations can’t protect jobs which are made redundant by technology - but have a responsibility to their people. Nurture agility, adaptability and re-skilling.

Build a clear narrative

Anxiety kills confidence and the willingness to innovate. Start a mature conversation about automation the future.

“We should remember that intellectual complacency is not our friend and that learning - not just new things but new ways of thinking - is a life-long endeavour.”

Blair SheppardGlobal Leader, Strategy and Leadership Development, PwC

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