Study: 140,000 Croat workers will need to change job by 2030

Nearly 140,000 workers in Croatia will need to change their occupation by 2030, the consulting firm McKinsey & Company Adriatic said in a study on the transformation of the Croatian labour force. [Shutterstock / Giovanni Vale]

Nearly 140,000 workers in Croatia will need to change their occupation by 2030, the consulting firm McKinsey & Company Adriatic said in a study on the transformation of the Croatian labour force.

According to the study, some 140,000 jobs will disappear because of automation and trends triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly the same number of jobs will replace them in new occupations and growing industries due to increased productivity.

Net demand for labour will remain virtually unchanged, but the occupation structure will undergo significant changes, which is why almost 140,000 workers in Croatia will need to change their occupation before the end of the decade to remain in employment, the study said.

By 2030, 6% of total working hours in Croatia will shift from jobs requiring physical skills to jobs requiring cognitive, social, emotional and technological skills. Specific skills, such as those needed to operate equipment and for simple data input and processing, are likely to see the sharpest drop in demand. This is as expected because activities requiring physical strength and skills and data gathering and processing skills can easily be automated, according to the study.

“By 2030, Croatia will achieve an automation adoption rate of around 22 percent. Adoption of automation will vary from sector to sector – manufacturing, wholesale, business functions that support the administration and government – will be the areas with the highest rate of automation adoption,” McKinsey wrote.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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