The way that we work is changing. As new technologies continue to unfold in the workplace, more than a third of jobs are likely to require skills that are uncommon in today’s workforce. Workers are increasingly working independently. Demographic changes and shifts in labour participation in developed countries will mean that future generations will find new ways to sustain economic growth. These changes create opportunities to think about how work can continue to be a source of not just income, but purpose and meaning for individuals and communities.
Technology can help seize these opportunities. We recently launched Google for Jobs, which is designed to help better connect people to jobs, and today we’re announcing Google.org’s £40 million commitment to help people prepare for the changing nature of work. We’ll support nonprofits who are taking innovative approaches to tackling this challenge in three ways: (1) training people with the skills that they need, (2) connecting job seekers with positions that match their skills and talents, and (3) supporting workers in low-wage employment. We’ll start by focusing on the US, Canada, Europe and Australia, and hope to expand to other countries over time.
Many research organisations, nonprofits and businesses have already started exploring the ways that work will continue to change over time, whether through the rise of the gig economy, new technological advances or demographic changes. We’ll be directing £1.6 million to fund research on the future of work – finding ways to better anticipate and understand what the world’s fast-changing workforce will need in the years to come and how technology can help produce positive outcomes. Over the next two years, we’ll share our learning from research and collaboration with a growing network of experts from Google, Alphabet and beyond.