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Opinion: Making the future of work equitable and green for all

Opinion: Making the future of work equitable and green for all

Opinion: Making the future of work equitable and green for all

Opinion: Making the future of work equitable and green for all

Excerpt from devex.com

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the challenges of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. It has not only impacted people’s health and well-being but also livelihoods and jobs. This translated into a massive loss of an estimated $3.5 trillion in labor income for the world’s workers in the first three quarters of 2020, as the pandemic abruptly decreased their work hours.

Even though no one was exempt from the pandemic’s effects, the economic and social crisis has further increased inequalities. Women, migrants, and young and low-skilled workers were the most affected, as they were mostly in low-paid, temporary work or in jobs that could not be done remotely.

On the other hand, the pandemic also accelerated the profound transformation that has been shaping the future of work worldwide. Two major drivers behind such an unprecedented shift are digital technologies and climate change.

The rapid implementation of digital technologies in the past two decades has transformed how people work. Such technology will continue to evolve, resulting in an increased need for digital skills and human-machine collaboration. As a result, the labor market will likely demand higher tech skills.

 

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