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Job Role Forecasting

Job role forecasting analyses the extent to which job roles will change and new jobs roles will be created in the future. Job role changes can come about as a result of a wide range of factors, such as a change in an organisations structure, changes in business directions, job redesign, the impacts of new legislation or other factors such as geographical factors, innovations in technologies or emphasis on environment and sustainability practices.

Forecasting job role changes can be much more critical that forecasting numbers as such changes can impact on training and development, selection and recruitment and retention practices, job role transfers and promotions.

What will the business landscape look like in 2020?

  • The world will have an ageing population and all of the impacts and imposts that that will bring
  • The emerging economies are expected to be China, India, Russia and Brazil
  • Generations X, Y and Z – 56.6% of the population will be under 42 years of age and the "gatekeepers" and "informers" who are comfortable in the world of today and the world of tomorrow
  • Generations X and Y will be in boardrooms making business decisions
  • Technologically savvy, they will hold meetings and conferences in virtual meeting rooms and stadiums
  • By 2040, it is anticipated that the anticipated lifespan of Australians will be until 105 years of age. As a result, both marketplaces and workplaces will change
  • Technology will be used to capture, analyse and share information, with access to that information in real time
  • There will be a greater range of business models that use VOIP (Voice over internet protocols) located in many geographic locations
  • There will be a greater diversity in working styles – full time, part time, consultants, project based in both physical and virtual spaces
  • Work/life integration will be the aim, not work/ life balance. Employees will be working smarter and faster, with management styles that we have yet to learn
  • New occupations on the horizon include: Eco-managers, Humanistic Technicians and Telematic Engineers…..and business futurists, of course.

What will your business look like in 2020?

Job forecasting through scenario planning can help your business gain some insights into how it might grow and develop. Scenario planning will also help you to identify the skill mix that your business might need to develop in order to move into the future with confidence. It will help you to move into workforce planning with a view to skilling your workforce to meet the future head on.

Workforce Development Team