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  • Writer's pictureSile O'Donnell

Workforce crisis 2030

The following is a blog post I created as part of a daily challenge run by the People Profession 2030 Hackathon - Day 1 challenge: read Peter’s blog - what does the future look like to you?

You can see my full post here:

We know that we are facing a workforce crisis in the future world of work. The demographic time bomb, the automation of work and jobs, and projected population growth and decline across the globe create huge challenges and opportunities that we need to respond to proactively. Workforce planning is about getting the right people with the right skills in the right place at the right time doing the right work. The globalisation and diversity of workforces, and the changing world of work in the current pandemic provide opportunities for us to rethink and reshape how and where work is done. 

How might this trend impact the work of the people profession? Robust workforce planning is critical to responding to changing environmental factors, particularly demographic and technological change. Diversity will also become even more important in terms of current and untapped talent pools and generational workforce trends and numbers. While population levels are projected to decline in some continents,  significant population growth is projected for Africa, representing a huge future talent pool that needs investment, employment and support. 

What other factors impact this trend (i.e. factors that will either accelerate it or disrupt it)? There are global labour supply shortages in some sectors that seem almost insurmountable. For example, the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 reports on predicted shortages of 9.9 million physicians, nurses and midwives globally by 2030. At the same time, there are many advances being made in A1 and technology to automate and re-engineer traditional roles and functions, for example in hospital and social care settings. 

What is your idea based on? Professional expertise

If there is anything else you’d like to share about this trend, you can do so here I'm happy to share more detailed thoughts on this big trend and challenge!

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