Changing Skills Needs
- The trends in the changing profile of sectors that we have seen in
recent years, in common with most developed countries, will continue
for the foreseeable future. By 2020, the services and high value added
manufacturing sectors will have increased in relative importance, while
traditional manufacturing and agriculture will continue to decline. This
shift to services will pose a significant productivity challenge for
policymakers and for enterprise alike.
- At occupational level, the greatest increases in employment are expected
to occur in the ‘professional’,‘associate professional’ and ‘personal & service’ occupational
- Employees in all jobs will be increasingly required to acquire a range
of generic and transferable skills including people-related and conceptual/thinking
skills. Work will be less routine, with a requirement for flexibility,
continuous learning, and individual initiative and judgement.
- The Enterprise Strategy Group emphasised the importance of R&D,
innovation and marketing skills. All occupations will become more knowledge-intensive,
resulting in many cases in a rise in the requirement for qualifications
and technical knowledge.
- Science, Engineering, ICT and R&D skills are an integral part of
a knowledge-based economy and their promotion remains important.
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