The Global Future of Work—The Future Labor Force

Impending Demographic Shifts are Shaping 2025's Labor Outlook

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The Global Future of Work - The Future Labor Force investigates emerging Mega Trends shaping 2025's labor market outlook. Analysis includes social implications, such as the size and composition of the future labor force; economic implications, such as wage and benefits comparisons; and political implications, such as international labor goals and historical migration trends. Other key topics include millennials and female participation in the future labor force, as well as predictions for how artificial intelligence and automation will affect job availability. Sector scenarios examine employment share trends, and overviews are provided for developed and developing economies. The study period is from 2015 to 2025.

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Executive SummaryThe Future Global Labor Force—Key FindingsScope of Study—Trend, Economy, and Sector Coverage in the Future Labor ForceList of DefinitionsList of Acronyms and AbbreviationsSocial Trends Driving the Future Labor ForceSocial Trends—Key FindingsThe Global Labor Force Will Grow, while Participation Rates DeclineAn Aging Population Will Mean Postponing RetirementAging Trends Will Disproportionately Affect Developed EconomiesThe Generational Divide Positions Millennials as 2025’s Labor LeadersThe Regional Generational Divide Will Favor APACWomen Will Hold Greater Influence in the Global Labor ForceThe Female Labor Force Will Grow Almost UniversallyLabor Supply and Demand Must Adjust to Global Economic ShiftsSkills Demand Must be Met through Domestic Educational AttainmentNew Universal Literacies Will Respond to Technology’s UbiquityFuture Workforce Learning Will Adapt to Many PerspectivesTalent Retention Will Face Values- and Tech-related Challenges“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and PredictionsEconomic Trends Driving the Future Labor ForceEconomic Trends—Key FindingsPay and Payroll Evolution Will Correlate with Mobile Technology UseRemote Models Will Present Even Greater Employment OptionsCrowdsourcing Models Will Permeate More Organizational FunctionsMinimum Wages Will Continue to Spur National and Global DebatesUS Employees Will Gain from Transparency in Benefit SpendGlobal Benefits Will Standardize Some but Mostly Stay VariedAI, Automation, and the Value of Labor—An Optimistic ScenarioAI, Automation, and the Value of Labor—A Neutral ScenarioAI, Automation, and the Value of Labor—A Pessimistic Scenario“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and PredictionsPolitical Trends Driving the Future Labor ForcePolitical Trends—Key FindingsUN Labor Influence Supports Gender and Global Economic ParityG20 Labor Influence Emphasizes Innovation, Education, and MobilityImmigration Trends Reveal Post-millennium Pattern ShiftsEmigration Trends Reveal an Increasing Europe-APAC ExchangeHigh- and Medium-skill Employment Shares Post Inverse ProjectionsLow-skill Share Growth Will be Greater in Developing EconomiesReverse Migrations Will Increase as Developing Economies AdvanceDigital Nomads Represent the Future of Working RemoteUnions Will Adapt to Digital Work Communities or Risk ObsolescenceRegulating IP Will Top International Priority Lists through 2025“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and Predictions Snapshots of the Future Labor Force in Developed and Developing EconomiesSnapshots of Economies—Key FindingsDeveloped Economies Will Have Lower Medium-skill Labor SharesA Deeper Dive—Japan Typifies Developed EconomiesDeveloping Economies Will Have Greater Routine Labor SharesA Deeper Dive—India Reflects Key Concerns of Developing Economies“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and PredictionsSector ScenariosSector Scenarios—Key FindingsAgricultural Sector Employment Share Will Decline GloballyIndustrial Sector Employment Share Holds Mixed Growth ProjectionsServices Sector Employment Share Will Increase Globally“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and PredictionsThe Last WordThe Last Word—3 Big PredictionsLegal DisclaimerAppendixFull List of Slide TitlesFull List of Slide Titles (continued)Full List of Slide Titles (continued)Full List of Slide Titles (continued)Full List of Slide Titles (continued)List of Countries Grouped by Economy Type or OrganizationList of Countries Grouped by RegionList of Countries Grouped by Region (continued)Full List of Subsectors by Economic SectorOverview of Employer and Employee Benefit Trends in ArgentinaOverview of Employer and Employee Benefit Trends in ChinaOverview of Employer and Employee Benefit Trends in GermanyOverview of Employer and Employee Benefit Trends in India




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