Future of work

The Future of Work

Globalisation, technological progress and demographic change are having a profound impact on OECD labour markets, affecting both the quantity and quality of jobs that are available, as well as how and by whom they are carried out. The future of work offers unparalleled opportunities, but there are also significant challenges associated with these mega-trends. While it is difficult (if not counter-productive) to try and plan in detail for the potential changes that might affect the world of work in years to come, it is important that policy makers strengthen the resilience and adaptability of labour markets so that workers and countries can manage the transition with the least possible disruption, while maximising the potential benefits. Against this backdrop, the OECD Future of Work initiative looks at how demographic change, globalisation and technological progress are affecting job quantity and quality, as well as labour market inclusiveness - and what this means for labour market, skills and social policy. 

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In Focus

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Working papers

Working Papers



Note: Data for Japan covers the period 1995 to 2010.

Videos and podcasts

Videos and podcasts


Conference Presentation

Stijn Broecke presents on the topic of "The Future of Work: What do we do?" at the 2018 Queen's International Institute on Social Policy.


At the 2017 IBS Jobs Conference, OECD economist Paolo Falco discusses how technology and globalisation are transforming the labour market.



Leading researchers on the Future of Work provide a concise overview on digitalisation and the jobs of the future.


Mark Keese, Head of the Employment Analysis and Policy Division in the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the OECD, discusses the OECD's research with the Future of Work with the WorkLife HUB.


OECD senior economist Stijn Broecke discusses the Future of Work and digitalisation with The Aspen Institute Germany.


Senior economist Stijn Broecke and OMFIF program manager Oliver Thew discuss the impact of technology and automation on productivity, labour efficiency and employment.


Senior economist Stijn Broecke presents OECD analysis on the Future of Work to the Wales Centre for Public Policy.

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