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Future of Work: Reports and resources

For those looking at industry futures, we have compiled some of the more interesting and useful recent free, no registration reports available on the future of work.

Report Name Organisation Pub Date Geography Pages Overview
Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions In A Time Of Automation McKinsey December 2017 Global 160 Automation will bring big shifts to the world of work, as AI and robotics change or replace some jobs, while others are created. Scenarios for the year 2030 and predictions for the future of work in China, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, and the United States
The Future of Jobs Report 2018 World Economic Forum September 2018 Global 147 Short term view for the year 2022. Accelerating transformation of the global workforce. One of the key findings in this report: global average skills stability is expected to be about 58%, meaning an average shift of 42% in required workforce skills over the 2018–2022 period.
The Future of Work KPMG May 2017 UK, Global 32 An attempt to draw a picture for the future of work while taking into account the influence of the gig economy and AI/automation
Workforce of the future PwC July 2018 Global 42 The authors present four scenarios for the future of work based on the ‘push and pull’ effect of collectivism versus individualism, and integration versus fragmentation.
The Future of Work Atos May 2017 Global 58 Top 10 trends affecting the future of work for the next 20-30 years
Inclusive Future Of Work: A Call To Action Accenture October 2018 Global 63 This report focuses on workers facing a double disadvantage—those who are most likely to experience technological disruption from automation yet have fewer resources to transition to new career pathways.
The future of work in government Deloitte February 2019 US, Global 8800 words Based on current examples, the authors offer solutions for the way in which work, the workforce and the workplace within government agencies should be transformed in order to reduce the gap between the public and private sector.
What is work? Deloitte January 2019 Global 2800 words While executives and thought leaders are engaged in a rich conversation about the future of work, few are asking the most basic, fundamental question about what work should be.
Eight Futures of Work: Scenarios and their Implications World Economic Forum January 2018 Global 22 8 scenarios which, in practice, are likely to play out simultaneously. Some of the most critical actions identified in this White Paper include reskilling of the current workforce and support for job transitions.
Workforce Marketplace. Invent Your Future Accenture August 2017 Global 15 A report about the future impact of the online management of the workforce and the on-demand workforce
Navigating the future of work: Can we point business, workers, and social institutions in the same direction? Deloitte July 2017 Global 5300 words The authors identify 3 forces of change influencing the framework for the future of work: demographics, technology and the ability to find and access people and resources when and as needed.
No time to retire: Redesigning work for our aging workforce Deloitte December 2018 US, Global 4700 words After a year-long study of academic literature, government resources, and statistical data, the authors were able to develop six personas which are meant to help management understand, attract, and retain the 60+ talent pool in their workplaces.
The future of skills: employment in 2030 Nesta September 2017 US, UK 124 In this study, the authors use a novel and comprehensive method to map out how employment is likely to change, and the implications for skills. The study challenges the false alarmism that contributes to a culture of risk aversion and holds back technology adoption, innovation, and growth
21 Jobs of the Future: A Guide to Getting – and Staying – Employed over the Next 10 Years Cognizant November 2017 Global 60 For many people, the future of work looks like a bleak place, full of temporary jobs (a “gig” economy), minimum wage labor and a ruling technocracy safely hidden away in their gated communities and their circular living machines. The authors share their optimistic vision of the future based on several principles, the most important ones being that work has always changed and machines need man.
The Future of Work: A Literature Review International Labour Office March 2018 Global 62 An enormous amount of literature has emerged over the last few years in the context of the “Future of Work”. Despite a growing body of research in this area, there exists no universally accepted definition of what exactly the “Future of Work” encompasses and what the most relevant drivers are. This literature review provides the first systematic and synoptic overview of topics discussed under the umbrella of the “Future of Work”.

Report Name
Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions In A Time Of Automation
Organisation
McKinsey
Pub Date
December 2017
Geography
Global
Pages
160
Overview
Automation will bring big shifts to the world of work, as AI and robotics change or replace some jobs, while others are created. Scenarios for the year 2030 and predictions for the future of work in China, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, and the United States
Report Name
The Future of Jobs Report 2018
Organisation
World Economic Forum
Pub Date
September 2018
Geography
Global
Pages
147
Overview
Short term view for the year 2022. Accelerating transformation of the global workforce. One of the key findings in this report: global average skills stability is expected to be about 58%, meaning an average shift of 42% in required workforce skills over the 2018–2022 period.
Report Name
The Future of Work
Organisation
KPMG
Pub Date
May 2017
Geography
UK, Global
Pages
32
Overview
An attempt to draw a picture for the future of work while taking into account the influence of the gig economy and AI/automation
Report Name
Workforce of the future
Organisation
PwC
Pub Date
July 2018
Geography
Global
Pages
42
Overview
The authors present four scenarios for the future of work based on the ‘push and pull’ effect of collectivism versus individualism, and integration versus fragmentation.
Report Name
The Future of Work
Organisation
Atos
Pub Date
May 2017
Geography
Global
Pages
58
Overview
Top 10 trends affecting the future of work for the next 20-30 years
Report Name
Inclusive Future Of Work: A Call To Action
Organisation
Accenture
Pub Date
October 2018
Geography
Global
Pages
63
Overview
This report focuses on workers facing a double disadvantage—those who are most likely to experience technological disruption from automation yet have fewer resources to transition to new career pathways.
Report Name
The future of work in government
Organisation
Deloitte
Pub Date
February 2019
Geography
US, Global
Pages
8800 words
Overview
Based on current examples, the authors offer solutions for the way in which work, the workforce and the workplace within government agencies should be transformed in order to reduce the gap between the public and private sector.
Report Name
What is work?
Organisation
Deloitte
Pub Date
January 2019
Geography
Global
Pages
2800 words
Overview
While executives and thought leaders are engaged in a rich conversation about the future of work, few are asking the most basic, fundamental question about what work should be.
Report Name
Eight Futures of Work: Scenarios and their Implications
Organisation
World Economic Forum
Pub Date
January 2018
Geography
Global
Pages
22
Overview
8 scenarios which, in practice, are likely to play out simultaneously. Some of the most critical actions identified in this White Paper include reskilling of the current workforce and support for job transitions.
Report Name
AI Forces Shaping Work & Learning in 2030
Organisation
IFTF
Pub Date
October 2018
Geography
Global
Pages
42
Overview
Facilitated by the IFTF futurists, more than 45 experts from diverse areas are able to reveal new insights about the future in 2030 and generated common actions to navigate a new work + learn ecosystem.
Report Name
Realizing 2030: The Future Of Work
Organisation
DELL Technologies
Pub Date
February 2018
Geography
Global
Pages
9
Overview
This report is the result of a collaboration between Dell Technologies, IFTF and 20 experts from around the world trying to forecast how AI and IoT will shape the future of how we live and work
Report Name
Workforce Marketplace. Invent Your Future
Organisation
Accenture
Pub Date
August 2017
Geography
Global
Pages
15
Overview
A report about the future impact of the online management of the workforce and the on-demand workforce
Report Name
Navigating the future of work: Can we point business, workers, and social institutions in the same direction?
Organisation
Deloitte
Pub Date
July 2017
Geography
Global
Pages
5300 words
Overview
The authors identify 3 forces of change influencing the framework for the future of work: demographics, technology and the ability to find and access people and resources when and as needed.
Report Name
No time to retire: Redesigning work for our aging workforce
Organisation
Deloitte
Pub Date
December 2018
Geography
US, Global
Pages
4700 words
Overview
After a year-long study of academic literature, government resources, and statistical data, the authors were able to develop six personas which are meant to help management understand, attract, and retain the 60+ talent pool in their workplaces.
Report Name
The future of skills: employment in 2030
Organisation
Nesta
Pub Date
September 2017
Geography
US, UK
Pages
124
Overview
In this study, the authors use a novel and comprehensive method to map out how employment is likely to change, and the implications for skills. The study challenges the false alarmism that contributes to a culture of risk aversion and holds back technology adoption, innovation, and growth
Report Name
Future Work/Technology 2050 Global Scenarios
Organisation
The Millennium Project
Pub Date
July 2018
Geography
Global
Pages
14000 words
Overview
After reviewing and synthesizing research from 450 futurists and other experts related to future work-technology dynamics, the Millennium project found that there were three primary scenarios for future technology-work dynamics for 2050
Report Name
21 Jobs of the Future: A Guide to Getting – and Staying – Employed over the Next 10 Years
Organisation
Cognizant
Pub Date
November 2017
Geography
Global
Pages
60
Overview
For many people, the future of work looks like a bleak place, full of temporary jobs (a “gig” economy), minimum wage labor and a ruling technocracy safely hidden away in their gated communities and their circular living machines. The authors share their optimistic vision of the future based on several principles, the most important ones being that work has always changed and machines need man.
Report Name
The Future of Work: A Literature Review
Organisation
International Labour Office
Pub Date
March 2018
Geography
Global
Pages
62
Overview
An enormous amount of literature has emerged over the last few years in the context of the “Future of Work”. Despite a growing body of research in this area, there exists no universally accepted definition of what exactly the “Future of Work” encompasses and what the most relevant drivers are. This literature review provides the first systematic and synoptic overview of topics discussed under the umbrella of the “Future of Work”.

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