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The shrinking middle

The shrinking middle will challenge the workforce. Jobs which have traditionally occupied the middle of the skills hierarchy and earnings range, such as white collar administrative roles and skilled / semi-skilled blue collar roles, are declining at a significant rate due to changes in work organisation driven by technology and globalisation.

There is evidence that new types of jobs are emerging to fill the middle ground but these have markedly different entry routes and skill requirements.

The high-skilled minority (characterised by their creativity, analytical and problem solving capabilities and communication skills) will have strong bargaining power in the labour market, whilst the low-skilled will bear the brunt of the drive for flexibility and cost reduction, resulting in growing inequality.

 

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    “The Future of work, Jobs and Skills in 2030” by UK Commission for employment and skills.

    UK CES

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