News and events on the future of work

  1. The future of work: trends, threats and opportunities

    02 June 2016

    The world of work is in the throes of rapid transformation. New technologies and shifting demographics are just a few of the forces driving this change. Martin Murphy explores these trends with the ILO's Lawrence J. Johnson and Nicolas Niemtchinow, as we seek to understand how to guarantee decent work for generations to come.

  2. Key to digital society of the future are qualified employees, new forms of employment, says Swiss President

    30 May 2016

    Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann says the key to a sustainable digital economy is more qualified employees, innovative training programs and new forms of employment. Speaking to delegates at the 105th session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Mr. Schneider-Ammann urged delegates not to fear change, but prepare for the future world of work and actively contribute to economic growth that creates jobs. (In German and French with subtitles in English)

  3. ILO head calls on global community “to bring about the future of work that we all want”

    30 May 2016

    Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO, has told delegates to the 105th International Labour Conference that the world of work is key to meeting the many challenges humanity faces.

  4. Switzerland calls on the ILO to meet challenges relating to the future of work

    30 May 2016

    The guest of honour at the opening day of the 105th International Labour Conference, Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann advocates a strong ILO, ready to respond to rapid change in the world of work.

  5. Youth in India and their aspirations for the Future of Work

    10 May 2016

    This film was shot on location in 6 different parts of India in Mizoram, Kerala, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, during April-May 2016 in about 3 weeks. The purpose of the film is to capture a diverse set of views of youth on the future of work and what this means in their lives in terms of challenges, opportunities and areas to be tackled by policymakers and other stakeholders.

  6. Sustainable Development and the Future of Work in the context of the Jubilee of Mercy: Statement of Commitment and Action

    05 May 2016

    Joint statement of Catholic organisations, movements of trade unions and of cooperatives, associations of business leaders, issued at a Global Seminar on “Sustainable Development and the Future of Work in the context of the Jubilee of Mercy” held in Rome from 2 to 5 May 2016.

  7. Address by Guy Ryder on the Future of Work and Sustainable Development

    04 May 2016

    The ILO Director-General spoke at a global seminar in Rome, organized by the Catholic Church to coincide with the celebration of the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker.

  8. ILO calls for concrete action to tackle youth employment challenge in Latin America

    03 May 2016

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has paid a two-day visit to Colombia where he met with President Juan Manuel Santos and tripartite Colombian representatives. He also addressed the 9th Ibero-American Conference of Ministers of Labour emphasising the persistent challenges of youth unemployment and informality.

  9. Professor Jayati Ghosh discusses technology and the future of work

    28 April 2016

    The greatest anxiety in the world of work today relates to the disappearance of jobs. Professor Jayati Ghosh, from the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, explains the different ways technological change affects employment, and what governments in Asia should do to cushion the impact.

  10. Future of Work: lessons from South Africa

    29 March 2016

    Bheki Ntshalintshali, General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) discusses possible ways to overcome the technological advancement in the world of work and how trade unions can influence the discussion around the ILO Centenary initiative on the Future of Work.