Nesta Report on Future of Skills Released

future of jobs and skills

Nesta have released their 'The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030' report

This report maps out how employment is likely to change in the future - including the implications for skills - and anticipates a number of new occupations

‘By identifying the bundles of skills, abilities, and knowledge that are most likely to be important in the future, as well as the skills investments that will have the greatest impact on occupational demand, we provide information that educators, businesses, and governments can use for strategic and policymaking purposes to better prepare us for the future.’ 

Key findings:

  • Around one-tenth of the workforce are in occupations that are likely to grow as a percentage of the workforce and round one-fifth are in occupations that will likely shrink.
  • Education, healthcare, and wider public sector occupations are likely to grow while some low-skilled jobs, in fields like construction and agriculture, are less likely to suffer poor labor market outcomes than has been assumed in the past.
  • The report highlights the skills that are likely to be in greater demand in the future, which include interpersonal skills, higher-order cognitive skills, and systems skills.
  • We also identify how the skills make up of different occupations can be altered to improve the odds that they will be in higher demand in the future.
  • The future workforce will need broad-based knowledge in addition to the more specialised skills that will are needed for specific occupations.