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SHAPING
THE FUTURE
OF WORK
Shaping the future of work

SHAPING THE FUTURE OF WORK
 

  •  The first thorough study of the Belgian labour market through to 2030
  •  Impact on the country, 3 regions, 16 sectors and 75 job profiles
  •  Quantitative and qualitative forecast
  •  Job losses, gains and evolution
  •  Number of vacancies and unemployment by region, sector and profile
  •  Inflow and outflow on the labour market
  •  Gap between supply and demand
  •  Digital skills for the future

4,500,000
workers

will need to upgrade
their digital and associated skills

584,000
vacancies

will be unfilled by
2030 unless we take action

310,000
workers and jobseekers

will need retraining by
2030 for a sustainable job
Let us implement these 4 strategies together.
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The positive prospects of our study provide a favourable climate for taking effective measures. This means we can promote the evolution of skills that digitalisation requires
Bart Steukers - Director, Project Manager Shaping the future of work
Not one industry in the Belgian economy will escape the consequences of digitalisation, but the impact will be different on each sector. We already know the extent of the effect
Patrick Slaets - Chief Data analyst

4 STRATEGIES FOR A SUSTAINABLE LABOUR MARKET

and the action they require

 
UPGRADING the skills of all employees
 
STRATEGY
The digitalisation and economic dynamics will have an impact on the content of almost all jobs at all levels. The average required level of digital competencies is increasing everywhere. Ook het gewenste niveau van algemene vaardigheden komt hoger te liggen.
 
FIELD OF ACTION
1. Proactively upgrade the digital and accompanying skills of 4.5 million workers.

RETRAINING workers and the unemployed
 
STRATEGY
310 000 (working and unemployed) people must be retrained by 2030 to ensure they have sustainable jobs. Some people (150,000) will need moderate retraining that takes two to six months. Others (160,000) require intensive retraining during six to eighteen months.
 
FIELDS OF ACTION
2. Targeted communications on opportunities on the labour market
3. Develop professional retraining programmes for the unemployed
4. Launch retraining programmes for job profiles that are at risk
5. Facilitate travel between regions
6. Increase labour market flexibility and implement changes to the social security system to make it easier for people to switch to a sustainable job

EMPLOYMENT ACTIVATION

STRATEGY
584,000 vacancies will not be filled in 2030 if we fail to implement the necessary measures. To meet this high demand for workers, people will need to be activated as much as possible. The Shaping the Future of Work analysis indicates that 268,000 vacancies will be filled through activation. In Shaping the Future of Work, Agoria proposes various activation measures.

FIELDS  OF ACTION
I
Activating the unemployed
to fill 193,000 vacancies

7. Increase the financial difference of people working and not working
8. Make it easier to achieve work-life balance
9. Increase the employability of unskilled workers through technology
10. Improve access to employment for people with an immigration background
11. Adjust the working conditions of workers over 55 and make their pay less dependent on seniority and more dependent on their market value
12. Accelerate the phasing
II
Fuelling economic
migration to fill 29 000 vacancies

13. Attract economic immigrants specifically for high-demand jobs
III
Working more and/or
working longer to fill 15,000 vacancies

14. Offer incentives to work more and/or work longer
15. Encourage taking on specific roles, such as coaching/ training at the end of a career
IV
Ensuring that study programmes
and students’ choices are more in line with
labour demand to fill 31,000 vacancies

16. Inform students better on labour market evolution
17. Introduce financial and other mechanisms to encourage young people to choose courses that are geared towards the future
18. Increase the budget for STEM study programmes
19. Give digital and related skills a more prominent place in all study programmes

PRODUCTIVITÉ augmentée
 
STRATEGIE
INCREASING productivity removes the demand for 208,000 extra jobs
 
FIELD OF ACTION
20. Reduce labour demand through accelerated digitalisation, particularly in education, healthcare and service sectors
Not one industry in the Belgian economy will escape the consequences of digitalisation, but the impact will be different on each sector. We already know the extent of the effect
Patrick Slaets - Chief Data Analyst
The positive prospects of our study provide a favourable climate for taking effective measures. This means we can promote the evolution of skills that digitalisation requires
Bart Steukers - Director, Project manager Shaping the future of work