Up to half of occupations ‘will disappear by 2030’

Up to 50 per cent of occupations today will not exist by 2030 as people look to take up more creative professions, according to a new study.

The international study by consulting firm CBRE and China-based property developer Genesis was compiled by 220 experts, business leaders and young people from Asia, Europe and North America. It found happiness at work will be more important than financial success in 2030 and that corporations will need to be agile and authentic to attract talent, showing they can make a real contribution to the social good. Social enterprise will also grow.

The report also found that artificial intelligence will transform businesses and the work that people do. It predicts that process work, customer work and vast swathes of middle management will disappear.

It says new jobs will require creative intelligence, social and emotional intelligence and the ability to leverage artificial intelligence and that these jobs will be “immensely more fulfilling than today’s jobs”. Workspaces with rows of desks will become redundant as they “are not fit for purpose”, it adds.

The report also predicts that by 2030 the majority of real estate transactions may be made online and that buildings will be much healthier environments.

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