According to a new survey initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) people have mixed feelings about the profound transformation and digitization of working life. 58 percent of respondents expect that jobs are lost due to the impending changes, which will cause unrest, and that the difference between high and low salaries will increase (83 percent). The main solution to this insecurity is, according to 90 percent, lifelong learning, as it is considered of growing importance to professional success. Furthermore, the respondents (73 percent) think that the barriers to the working life for people with disabilities will decrease with the new technology. Other benefits are that 80 percent imagine that a lot of the routine tasks will be done not by humans but by machines and programs. Where the human work is increasingly mobile, 58 percent expect that a majority of the working population in 2030 works from home or another location outside their employee’s location. At the same time, there are mixed beliefs on the impact of digitization on the work-life balance, 52 percent expect positive effects, 41 percent do not believe in such effects. The survey was made with personal interviews of 1000 respondents. Source: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
New survey about Germans view of the future working life until 2030s
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