File image: Robots are said to rob 1 in 5 people of their jobs in 2030, according to a recent report “The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030” by global innovation foundation Nesta in conjunction with the Oxford Martin School. IOL.

CAPE TOWN - A new study slams reports that robots will take over our jobs in the future. The report shows that only 1 in 5 workers is in shrinking professions. 

The global innovation foundation Nesta recently released a report with the Oxford Martin School, titled: “The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030”. This report forecasts future job trends and the extent to which professions will be affected by technology in the year 2030. 

According to the report, while many jobs today will still be in demand by 2030, the skills for these roles are changing. 

Researchers have combined diverse human expertise with active machine learning to produce a subtle outlook on future employment trends. 


Matthews adds that about 70% of workers are in jobs where there is considerable uncertainty about the future. 

However, this precise uncertainty is an opportunity for workers to improve their future prospects, explains Matthews. 

He says that this is an opportunity for workers to improve their prospects by investing in the right areas of skill development. 

Knowledge areas

Particular knowledge areas are associated with occupations that will increase in demand. 

These include:

-English language





Professions that will spike employment 

According to the report, the public sector occupations will experience a rise in employment. 

These include: 



-Wider public sector 

Professions that will shrink employment


-Traditional manufacturing 

The demand for uniquely human skills will increase and the key to success in the workplace of the future will be robust social skills, says the report. 

Skills high in demand 

-Social perceptiveness

-Active learning

-Active listening


-Decision making

Cognitive skills high in demand

-Fluency of ideas


-Oral expression

Physical abilities high in demand


The importance of jobs ensures our social and economic survival. 

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