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Human skills in the digital future of work

  • by JW

… the latest trends in the job market


It is very possible that Sidmouth might do well out of a rise in digital work-at-home jobs and a future where certain creative industries continue to grow:

Digital and creative now dominate the economy – Vision Group for Sidmouth


The Daily Mail looks at what LinkedIn has to say on the latest trends in the job market – and suggests that at least half of those sectors doing well at the moment could benefit the Sidmouth economy and those working in it:

The pandemic has turned the working lives of millions of people in Britain upside-down, with job losses and redundancies rife and livelihoods and income streams wiped out in a matter of months…

Losing a job and having to pick yourself up and start again can be tough, but there is a string of sectors where demand for new workers is growing, giving hope to those who need to find a new career path through no fault of their own.

Online jobs and networking site LinkedIn says there are 15 sectors where demand for workers is highest. Their new findings also reveal where in the country most of these job posts are cropping up…

Jobs hope: 15 fast growing sectors which want to hire YOU now | Daily Mail Online


Here’s a little more:

2020 Emerging Jobs Report | UK

The 15 Fastest-Growing Jobs, According To LinkedIn


Of course it hasn’t been exactly easy for the creative industries:

Press release: “Cultural catastrophe” – over 400,000 creative jobs could be lost… The Projected Economic Impact of Covid-19 on the UK Creative Industries report. | Creative Industries Federation

But this has forced a re-think:

We must rewrite the script on jobs in the creative economy | World Economic Forum

There are already plans for new creative events:

Sidmouth International Jazz and Blues Festival

Town council ‘overwhelmingly positive’ about jazz and blues festival proposal for Sidmouth |

And for new creative venues:

Sidmouth Sea Fest – Posts | Facebook

Fishermen’s Shed to be turned into community meeting place and art venue |


But as the LinkedIn and other studies show, it’s technology that dominates the new jobs market – and much of this can be done at home:

What’s the future of work in the digital economy? Global experts share insights on skills needs for Industry 4.0 – RMIT University

Pandemic-proof jobs? IT freelancers in high demand, other online workers facing cuts | The iLabour Project

Finally, however, it’s not technology alone which will be the driving force: WFH will need the human touch:

Along with this greater appreciation of the importance of wellbeing, self-management and personal development, the changing employment landscape also places more emphasis on those human skills that increasingly distinguish us from powerful algorithms… 

Human Skills Will Be Most Important In The Digital Future Of Work