The seminar, which took place in Prague, has provided the opportunity to share views on measures preventing growing polarisation of work due to the process of digitalisation and policy responses in the areas of life-long learning, tax and insurance systems and occupational health and safety.
Labour markets are undergoing structural changes taking place in the context of digitalisation and technological progress. These changes are expected to affect manual professions in particular but may also have an impact on administrative occupations due to developments in artificial intelligence.
There is a worry that a significant number of jobs will be replaced by robots. Some predictions suggest that nearly half of the human workforce could be replaced by computerised equipment in the next 20 years, while other estimations forecast that only 10% of jobs will be affected by digitalisation.
In this context, it is important to understand the relationship between different professions and types of education, and to identify the categories of occupations that might be more at risk from digitalisation.
The seminar was hosted by the Czech Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and was attended by 12 European countries, an international thematic expert and representatives of international organisations.