Skills Revolution Series

"This report provides a real-time view of how automation is changing the way organizations operate: hiring more people, creating more jobs and upskilling more so that they have the workforce they need to succeed. This is not an either - or, human versus machine. I’m convinced: organizations and individuals really can befriend the machines and collaborate in harmony to create a stronger, better society."

Jonas Prising, Chairman & CEO, ManpowerGroup

Automation is Creating Jobs – And the Trend Is Here to Stay

According to our latest research, more employers than ever (87%) plan to increase or maintain their headcount as a result of automation. Rather than reducing employment opportunities, organizations are investing in digital, shifting tasks to robots and creating new jobs. At the same time, companies are scaling their upskilling so their human workforce can perform new and complementary roles to those done by machines. The Skills Revolution is in full flow, and employers need a new talent strategy to help their people augment robots rather than be replaced by them.

Upskilling Pie Chart

And Upskilling is on the Up: Companies are becoming Builders of Talent

With talent shortages at a 12-year high and new skills appearing as quickly as old ones disappear, more companies are planning to build talent than ever before, and this is projected to increase by 2020. Companies are realizing they can no longer expect to find just-in-time talent, on tap. Eighty-four percent of organizations expect to be upskilling their workforce by 2020.

Employers Upskilling their Workforce