Adapt to survive: Mapping task change and job loss in the Australian workforce

Advances in technology, globalisation and business processes are transforming how Australians work. Change has spread rapidly across the economy, in every industry and at every job level, affecting about a tenth of the tasks performed by the average Australian worker in the last five years.

Once again, the pace of change has sparked fears that human workers will be replaced by machines. But new research suggests that change is good: on average, jobs that involved the most task-level changes were also the most secure. By adapting jobs to new technologies and processes, businesses and workers may be able to avoid job losses and closures.

This research by AlphaBeta was commissioned by the Business Council of Australia, which comprises the chief executives of more than 100 of Australia’s largest corporations.

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