Automation to impact at least 50% of Canadian jobs in next decadeStaff Writer | March 27, 2018
A new RBC research paper, Humans Wanted – How Canadian youth can thrive in the age of disruption, has revealed that 50% of Canadian jobs will be disrupted by automation in the next 10 years.
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With 4 million Canadian youth entering the workforce over the next decade, and the shift from a jobs economy to a skills economy, the research indicates young people will need a portfolio of "human skills" to remain competitive and resilient in the labour market.
Canada's economy is on target to add 2.4 million jobs over the next four years, virtually all of which will require a different mix of skills.
A growing demand for "human skills" will grow across all job sectors and include: critical thinking, co-ordination, social perceptiveness, active listening and complex problem solving.
Rather than a nation of coders, digital literacy – the ability to understand digital items, digital technologies or the Internet fluently – will be necessary for all new jobs.
Canada's education system, training programs and labour market initiatives are inadequately designed to help Canadian youth navigate the new skills economy, resulting in roughly half a million 15-29 year olds who are unemployed and another quarter of a million who are working part-time involuntarily.
Canadian employers are generally not prepared, through hiring, training or retraining, to recruit and develop the skills needed to ensure their organizations remain competitive in the digital economy. ■