The impact of interactive robotics in the labour market

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Several key trends, including automation, globalization, urbanization, a rising diversity of work forms and demographic change are generating significant uncertainty and anxiety about the future of work. The nature of work in modern economies is being transformed as a result of ongoing trends such as automation, urbanization and globalization, and workforce ageing, sparking public debate and concern over the future of work.


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Transformation and future society

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Chief among the trends impacting current and future labour markets is the progression of innovations that imbue machines with ever-increasing capabilities. The digital revolution has brought its own set of labour market impacts through the introduction of desktop computing, the Internet, and other Information and Communication Technologies

Globalization causes international shifts in production, leading to a reallocation of work across borders: it is therefore an important force shaping the future of labour markets. Additionally, much evidence indicates that there is an increase in new forms of work that differ from the traditionally large group of full-time workers with permanent contracts.

Read the full investigation about robotics impact on socio-economic aspects in the INBOTS White paper

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Recent decades have witnessed important changes in our labour markets, influencing the nature, quality, and productivity of work. Entrepreneurs, policymakers, and other thought leaders face the challenge of making use of these developments to foster economic growth, while at the same time ensuring decent working conditions, social protection, and equal opportunities for all.


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