Industries are ready to take diverse routes in the adoption of new technologies, and the distinctive nature of the work performed within each sector will result in disruption to jobs and skills that will demand industry-specific adaptation.
However, if we are referring at the relative level of education in the financial services industry, displaced roles can be easily balanced by assigning workers with an alternative, higher value-added functions. In contrast, the two largest job roles in the consumer industry, Cashiers and Sales Associates, accounting for no less than 45% of total industry employment, have a comparatively small share of workers with advanced education.
The interindustry analysis of the roles experiencing falling and rising demand suggests the possibility of using these industry-specific differences of displaced workers by expanding the search for new opportunities across the industry.
Although the changes in the labor market described in this data, are not foregone conclusions, they are reasonable forecasts arising from the actions and investments decisions taken by companies in response to global trends today.
With the adoption of this new technology, companies feel competitive pressures similar to the way they felt compelled to create global supply chains in the 1990s and 2000s.
As a result, these trends affecting business leaders’ decision environments determine a wide range of company responses that collectively shape the future nature of jobs.
Let’s start with a look at the following infographic and see how Global Health & Healthcare is influenced by this new technology adoption. A huge share of analysis of the respondents from the industry indicated that, by 2022, their company was “likely” or “very likely” (on a 5-point scale) to have adopted new technology as part of its growth strategy.
The following graphic underlines the major obstacles that were perceived by the survey participants as impediments to successful new technology adoption faced by their company.
Nonetheless, we would like to share this information about the expected impact of new technology adoption on the workforce. In this last graphic, you can see the percentages representing the share of survey respondents from the industry who expect their company to have adopted the stated measure(s) over the 2018–2022 period as part of their current growth strategy.
The expectation of this technological progress presents a real challenge to the existing business models and practices. At the same time, we hope for the next years that these dynamic changes, whether they are causing confusion or will be constructive will be the exact reason why new opportunities of growth appear.