By Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Ai Group

As published in The Australian, 16 May 2023

Imagine if, at the beginning of the industrial revolution, you were given an insight into the incredible economic and workforce transformation that was about to come.

Imagine you had global data foreshadowing the upheaval and change that was about to occur, across almost all industries, and the implications for jobs, skills and workforces around the world.

Of course, no one had that kind of insight in the early 1800s. In contrast, when it comes to the great technological and green transformations of our age, we have much more rich foresight, and we should make good use of it.

The World Economic Forum's recently released Future of Jobs report brings together the perspectives of 803 companies, collectively employing more than 11.3 million workers, across 27 industry clusters in 45 economies around the world.

This significant international survey paints a picture of enormous jobs and skills churn across the coming years, predicting that 23 per cent of jobs are expected to change by 2027, with 69 million new jobs created and 83 million eliminated.

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