Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

News 10/04/2019

High-level group publishes report on impact of digital transformation on EU labour markets

The high level group on the impact of digital transformation on EU labour markets has handed over its report to Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, unveiling its list of recommendations.

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Commissioner Marianne Thyssen welcomed the report 'The impact of digital transformation on EU labour markets'“The report confirms that we have taken the right path towards modernising our labour and social policies. It emphasises the importance of skills, working conditions, and social protection similar to what we have set out in the European Pillar of Social RightsWe have already made progress with the implementation of the Pillar by making the Skills Agenda reality, adopting the Transparent and predictable working conditions directive and the recommendation on Access to social protectionIn the coming months we will examine the report and identify policy gaps where we could further our policy agenda. We will provide further impetus to this debate with the High-level Conference on Future of Work.” 

Among their recommendations, the experts call upon different actors on the labour market to reduce structural skill gaps, especially for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), workers at risk of automation and the low-skilled.

Personal learning trajectories should allow workers to acquire relevant skills throughout their careers in order to keep up with rapidly transforming, digital labour markets.

New labour relations should intensify and better organise dialogue of workers and social partners, especially in the platform economy.

Social protection against unemployment, sickness and other life circumstances should be accessible independent of employment status. 

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