The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us, and by 2020 (just 3 years from now!) the workplace will be synonymous with advanced robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning. These developments are already changing the way that we live and work.

New Jobs

Some jobs will disappear, others will change and some that don’t even exist today will become commonplace. The World Economic Forum (WEF) in its Future of Jobs report indicated that more than 7 million people worldwide will be affected by job redundancy, with another 2.1 million seeing themselves in employed in brand new job functions.

Research further indicates that 60% of the children who started school this past year will find themselves employed in jobs that don’t even exist today. Whilst a level of uncertainty exists, what is certain is that in order to future-proof our children, we need to ensure that education is aligned to the new skill set needed, now and in the future.

In our specialist areas we’ve already seen the creation, and rise in popularity, of the role of Data Science. And it’s no wonder. With information being created at a pace too rapid to even comprehend, it’s unsurprising that businesses of all types are having to employ individuals to monitor, unpack and interpret this information in order to help them make real-time business decisions.

New Skills

The World Economic Forum’s The Future of Jobs report sought to understand from global business leaders what the core skills are needed in 2020 and it’s clear that there is a definite bias to what will be required.

In an age where information is abundant, and almost anything can be found by a quick click, retention of facts and figures is no longer important. Rather, the skills of critical thinking, complex problem solving, creativity and cognitive flexibility will take centre stage.

We’ve already seen this shift as engineers become highly sought after, including in non-traditional environments such as banks. With technology driving business, leverage is created by those organisations who’re able to better manage the re-imagination, implementation and execution of rapidly changing business models.

New Ways of Working

Technology has also provided us with the opportunity to work anywhere, anytime. And whilst many of us are finding that this means we’re on 24/7, our children, and the youth currently entering the job market, don’t have the same problem. Younger workers are demanding greater flexibility and the opportunity to integrate, not balance, their work and private life.

At TSR, we’re committed to representing the High Achievers; individuals who add real value and make great impact, and who in turn have clear expectations of what they want and need from their careers.

Taking the lead, we’ve also reimagined our business, developing new ways of working to help the organisations and individuals we represent to find mutually beneficial matches.

We partner with our clients through our Assured Recruitment services to enable them to create environments that make them attractive employers and where the ‘stickiness’ of the employer-employee relationship is greatly improved.