Resources on future of work

  1. Webinar

    Automation and employment in the apparel and automotive sectors in Mexico: Findings from case studies

    Organized by the “Building Partnerships on the Future of Work” project, in collaboration with the ILO Country Office for Mexico and Cuba, this webinar will bring together experts to share findings from case studies of selected manufacturing establishments of the automotive, and apparel and footwear sectors in Mexico, and discuss technological change and the future of work in these sectors.

  2. Research Seminar

    Digitalization during the Covid-19 Crisis: Implications for Productivity and Labor Markets in Advanced Economies

    Discussion note: The pandemic accelerated digitalization and triggered a partial catch-up by less digitalized entities in advanced economies

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    Podcast series: Global challenges – Global solutions

    The technology paradox: Is it a great equalizer for some, but digital divider for others?

    30 March 2023

    Technology has made enormous strides in the past few decades, improving many people’s lives, and creating incredible economic, scientific, and medical breakthroughs in the world of work. For some, it has been “the great equalizer”. But for others it may be widening the social and economic divide. Can we solve this paradox? Listen to our podcast and find out.

  4. Informal economy

    Employment, informality and social protection in the Solomon Islands

    23 March 2023

    Solomon Islands’ first National Employment Policy is currently under development.

  5. Apprenticeships Development for Universal Lifelong Learning and Training (ADULT)

    Towards lifelong learning and skills for the future of work: Global lessons from innovative apprenticeships

    17 March 2023

    This report was compiled under the ILO’s research project – Apprenticeship Development for Universal Lifelong Learning and Training (ADULT) – funded by the Government of Flanders. The project aims to explore how apprenticeship systems are being modernised and transformed to promote and enable lifelong learning and decent work for youth, adults, and older workers (both employed and unemployed). The main report, Towards Lifelong Learning and Skills for the Future of Work: Global Lessons from Innovative Apprenticeships, synthesizes the topics of six individual thematic reports and three additional themes which are only featured in the main report. It explores how apprenticeships can enable people to acquire new skills and update existing skills throughout their working lives to keep pace with the fast-changing labour market demand.

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    Podcast series: Global challenges – Global solutions

    Is green the colour of our future? The green and digital transformation and the future of work

    16 March 2023

    There’s never been a more urgent need to unleash the power of digitalization to drive the green transition. Digital technology could deliver one-fifth of the emission cuts needed to hit net-zero by 2050. In this episode Director of the ILO Priority Action Programme on Just Transitions Towards Environmentally Sustainable Economies and Societies Moustapha Kamal Gueye explains the green and digital transformation and its impact on a greener future of work.

  7. Video

    Fair Recruitment Initiative for Africa

    09 March 2023

    The regional launch of Phase II of the ILO Fair Recruitment Initiative is an opportunity to expand the implementation of successful fair recruitment approaches to other countries in Africa

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    Can digital technology be an equality machine?

    08 March 2023

    As workplaces transition towards a digital future, we see the gender gap perpetuating itself in the digital realm as well. On International Women’s Day, the ILO’s ‘Future of Work’ podcast explores how can digital technology be harnessed for positive change and more inclusion.

  9. Research Seminar

    The Impact of Automation on job transitions and future skills needs

    This talk will examine the opportunities and challenges that workers who are at risk of job displacement resulting from automation could face in transitioning into the jobs that are expected to be created by the structural changes caused by automation.

  10. Research Seminar

    An ecosystem approach to skilling: Insights from 85 innovative programs

    Opportunities for continuous up- and reskilling should be accessible to all workers in order to maintain the competitiveness of the workforce. However, our current systems for skill building are not ready to tackle this challenge: government, academia and employers chronically underinvest in adult learning, and do not (yet) collaborate efficiently to provide at scale, end-to-end skilling solutions. In our research at the BCG Henderson Institute, we studied early examples of "skilling ecosystems”, innovative programs that involve multiple stakeholders to deliver up/reskilling solutions to address a specific skill gap. In this session we will discuss the different types of such ecosystems, key success factors and selected best practices based on our database of 85 examples around the world.