Digitization, skills, and the labor market

Event in Brussels by Alexandre Louvet

Event in Brussels

The DEKRA representation in Brussels invited to a highly interesting discussion with renowned political and economic representatives, titled “Digitization, skills, and the labor market – growing potentials, new requirements”, on Nov. 22, 2018.

After a short introduction by DEKRA’s Executive Vice President Training, Dietmar Metzger, and hosted by Oliver Deiters, Head of Global External Affairs and Public Policy, the event proceeded as follows:

  • Joachim Schuster, Member of the European Parliament, gave a presentation on the organizational tasks the job market 4.0 creates for legislators in social and employment policy,
  • Torsten Albig, Vice President Brussels Corporate Representation Deutsche Post DHL Group, described the challenges and opportunties resulting from the digitization of the logistics sector,
  • and Stefan Gran, Head of the EU liaison office of the German Trade Union Confederation, emphasized the importance and the impact of digitization from the employees’ point of view.

It was in this context that I had the opportunity to introduce DEKRA’s annual job market report, the DEKRA Arbeitsmarktreport 2018. The report clearly shows the demands posed on employees, in particular by an increasingly fast digitization.

This is shown, among others, by the fact that …

… IT specialists have moved right to the top of the top ten jobs. In addition to an increased demand for e. g. software developers and IT consultants, digitization also leads to a distinct increase in the demand for IT security experts.
… IT skills increasingly permeate all other jobs and professions. There are more and more jobs which are difficult to imagine without at least basic IT knowledge, as the example of Facility Management illustrates.
… the requirements for employees in the job market 4.0 keep changing ever faster.
… job opportunities tend to increase rather than decrease for those who are ready to continue learning.

All in all, we can say that constant learning has become – and will remain – an essential requirement for employees who want to secure their employebility on the job market 4.0.

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Digitization, skills, and the labor market

Peter Littig
About The Author
- Dr. Peter Littig, born 1948, is a mathematician, physicist and educational scientist. He used to teach at public and private schools and has been working in adult education since 1984. He was trainer, consultant and head of department at Control Data Institut. From 1995 on, he was head of education at DEKRA Akademie GmbH. He is now retired, but still serves as advisor on educational policy to the board of directors.He has published numerous papers and books on further education, human resource development and digitization in learning and training.

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