Watch Live: Launch of the Global Commission on the Future of Work

The Prime Minister of Sweden and President of Mauritius launch an international body to tackle the fundamental questions posed by a rapidly transforming world of work. Type: Launch event When: 21 August 2017 Where: ILO Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland Watch the live webcast here at 13:00 GMT (9:00 New York; 15:00 Geneva; and 20:00 Bangkok) This …

Digital Skills in the EU Labour Market

© kantver / Fotolia Written by Monika Kiss, Information and communications technologies (ICT) play an increasingly important role in our professional and private lives, and digital competence is of growing importance for every individual. In the future, nearly all jobs will require digital skills. However, European Commission figures show that two fifths of the EU …

Automation, Women, and the Future of Work

In a newly published briefing paper, Becky Faith of the Institute of Development Studies explores how automation will change the world of work for women. The conversations about automation and the future of work often overlook gender, even though there are significant differences between men and women in employment rates, types of professions, barriers to …

Guy Ryder announces “Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth” Campaign

GENEVA (ILO News) – Digital disruptions are untapping the power of technology and unleashing economic value across countries and sectors. They are creating employment opportunities that increasingly rely on the digital skills available, the labour intensiveness of digital technologies, and the environmental factors that support digital entrepreneurship and industry-related supply chain development. The steady pace …

The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’: Potential and Risks for Africa – SAIIA

Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum, argues that the single most important challenge facing humanity today is how to understand and shape the new technology revolution. What exactly is this revolution, and why does it matter, especially for Africa? The ‘fourth industrial revolution’ captures the idea of the confluence of new technologies …

G20 Agrees on Policies to Shape the Future of Work for Inclusive Growth and Development: ILO

(Labour and employment ministers of the leading advanced economies and emerging economies (G20) in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler | © BMAS / Lein) Ministers adopted policy recommendations on skills development, social protection, and working conditions for countries to shape a future that works for people around the globe. BAD NEUENAHR, Germany (ILO News) – “G20 Labour and …

Artificial Intelligence for Good @ITU’s Geneva #AIforGood Summit

In partnership with… Driven by the rapid progress in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research, intelligent machines are gaining the ability to learn, improve, and make calculated decisions in ways that will enable them to perform tasks previously thought to rely solely on human experience, creativity, and ingenuity. As a result, we will in the near future …

Shaping the Future of Work in a Digital World – Why Should Development Organisations Care?: IDS

On 13th March, IDS together with the Web Foundation and Nesta, hosted the inaugural Digital Development Summit, with the support of DFID and the DFID-ESRC Impact Initiative.This blog post was the first in a series that was published by organisers and participants over several weeks. Here IDS’s Becky Faith and Ben Ramalingam explain why the future …

Reframing the Debate: A Closer Look at Technological Innovation’s Link to Widening Global Inequality – Part II

(Inequality in Brazil | Oxfam)   One of the hottest topics at the UN Global Dialogue on the Future of Work We Want this month was technological innovation’s impact on widening global inequality. To continue the conversation, I invite you to read this second of our three-part article delving deeper into the global landscape of …

The Future of Work We Want: A Closer Look at Technological Innovation’s Link to Widening Global Inequality – Part I

  The interplay between technological innovation and rising inequality deserves more study and debate. This is a three-part article delving deeper into the global landscape of inequality in relations to extreme technological and wealth – capital – accumulation.   Technological innovation’s impact on the future of work, especially widening global inequality, was a key focus …