You may have heard that robots are coming for your job. Rapid
advances in robotics, big data and artificial intelligence are
beginning to disrupt entire industries, and technology is
threatening to replace more than ten million UK workers.
What skills do you need to survive the rise of technology?
Reviewing the modern workforce: our analysis
The UK will benefit most from
a workforce that has a balance of technical skills and more general
purpose skills, such as problem-solving skills,
creativity, social skills and emotional intelligence.
By 2030 the demand for STEM
and general purpose skills will require the equivalent of at least
4.5 million additional workers in professional
Social skills and cognitive
abilities are valued most in our shifting national
But not all important skills and knowledge contribute to wage
increases: the UK still has some way to go before vital jobs in
education, health and social care, and many other nationally
significant industries, feel the benefits of a workforce with the
right mix of skills.
Which human talents are most important?
For each skill, ability or knowledge domain, we calculated the
percentage of the total workforce – approximately 31 million
people – for whom the characteristic would be of medium or
high importance, using a scale running from the least important to
the most important talent.
Talents that are important to the vast majority of the workforce
can therefore be considered foundational – everyone needs
them if they are to perform their job well and contribute
effectively to the UK's economy.
These essential talents, vital to 90 per cent or more of the
workforce, are listed in the table below.
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