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The AI Effect

The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is modifying the functions of humans in the workplace. It is thought that 20% of jobs will be automated over the next 20 years, which would produce over 7.2 million jobs over the same span of time. These new roles will likely be a lot more complex concentrating on different fields of creative innovation, problem-solving and strategic management. If automation is to be taken advantage of, there will need to be a mixture of human strengths and technical skills to stay relevant. Although due to the extensive skill gap in the present day, it is likely that in 20 years these highly skilled individuals are going to be tough to find. The adoption of automation is changing the skills expected of the human workforce and there are now fundamental cultural differences that recruiters and candidates need to be mindful of in the war for talent.

The Effect of Automation

AI is constantly reshaping our personal and professional lives along with the world around us. With robotics, AI and electronic assistants being ever-present in today's world, with aspects of each being represented in a variety of industries. There are those that are meeting these advancements with a mixed reception, with many feeling that it will have a negative impact on the jobs market. From an efficiency standpoint, AI will help businesses to reduce costs. It is thought that AI will remove the repetitive and hazardous tasks from an employee while the quality of work rises with the downturn in human error.
As companies face growing requirement to maximise the return on their capital investments, more and more will be looking to encompass automation, but this is where the misunderstandings of AI lies – much of its influence will not be in the decline of jobs but in the redefining of roles as we understand them today. In fact, the majority of employers believe digitisation will lead to a net gain for employment in the imminent future. As companies go digital, most organisations will need more people, not fewer.

Skills In Demand - A Premium Workforce

Significant focus has been set on developing tech skills amid the widely published global skills crisis, as businesses across a variety of sectors look to digitise and automate more menial processes. However, businesses are uniformly prioritising finding and strengthening an individual’s soft skills. As a result, finding candidates with the right blend of technical skills and human strengths has become a core focus for many employers globally.  Expert human judgement will play an increasingly important role in the decision-making process. From a candidate perspective, it’s therefore vital that they can continue to strengthen soft skills, as well as technical skills if they’re to remain attractive to potential employers and develop their careers further.