Launch of the OECD Skills Outlook 2019 – Thursday 9 May 2019


03/05/2019 - People, firms and countries that can harness digitalisation stand to benefit hugely, as it enriches lives, boosts productivity and makes learning easier. But those unable to tap into its power risk being left far behind. Digitalisation’s promise conceals a threat – that it could widen existing inequalities and create new ones, as some jobs disappear and some skills become outmoded.

The OECD Skills Outlook 2019, to be published on Thursday 9 May 2019 at 11.00 a.m. Paris time/09.00 GMT, identifies the gaps that digitalisation threatens to widen but also the concrete ways to bridge them – in the workplace, at home, in the classroom, within countries and between countries. Building on the recent Employment Outlook and its analysis on jobs at risk of automation, this report compares how prepared countries are to seize the benefits of the digital transformation and the costs involved to help people move away from jobs at high risk.

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will present the report’s findings with Montserrat Gomendio, Head of the OECD Centre for Skills, at the OECD Conference Centre at 11.00 a.m. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with Srinivas B. Reddy, Chief of Skills and Employability Branch-Employment Policy Department, International Labour Office; Debora Revoltella, Chief Economist, European Investment Bank; and Saadia Zahidi, Head of the Centre for the New Economy and Society, World Economic Forum. This event, in English with French interpretation, is open to the media and will be webcast live at

The Outlook, together with country notes for Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, will be available under embargo on Tuesday 7 May. Requests should be sent by e-mail to In asking to receive it under embargo, journalists undertake to respect the OECD’s embargo procedures.

The Outlook will be available to registered journalists on the OECD's password-protected website at 11.00 a.m. for immediate release. (Create your MyOECD account).

This report is part of the OECD’s broader “I am the Future of Work” campaign, which aims to contribute to a positive future of work transition, helping to transform learning and social protection systems as well as reducing inequalities between people and across regions. See  

To attend the presentation or for further information on the report, journalists should contact Spencer Wilson (tel. + 33 1 45 24 81 18) in the OECD Media Office (tel. + 33 1 45 24 97 00).


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