Bad newshas been piling up lately. Deutsche Bank wants to cut 18,000 jobs and is not alone. Siemens plans to cut 10,000, 7,000 at Volkswagen, 5,400 at Ford, 4,500 at Bayer, 4,000 at Thyssenkrupp and also cable giant Leoni plans to cut 2,000 jobs.

On the other hand, however, we also have good news. Volkswagen wants to create 2,000 new jobs at the same time, Siemens also wants to create around 2,500 new jobs, and Thyssenkrupp also wants to create 1,000 new jobs.

In total, more than 65,000 jobs have been lost in the German groups this year, but more than 700,000 skilled workers are still being sought on the labour market. But how does this fit together?

Job cuts in Germany

Increasingly intelligent machines are changing our world of work and demanding new skills or automating entire professions. Robots don’t need a holiday and do work without fatigue and grumbling. Of course, it will take some time before this vision becomes truth, but the first consequences are already visible.

ING-Diba has examined 4 million jobs and provided an initial forecast for the next 10 years of which occupations are particularly at risk and could be eliminated. Take a look at the statistics.

Professions that are at risk due to increasing digitalization – source partly from THE ING-DIBA

You will notice that, above all, jobs in administration, support work and counselling are at risk. This is often due to intelligent software, forecasting tools and chatbots. But even with physically demanding work in the construction and crafts industry, intelligent robots could provide a remedy.

Lack of skilled workers in Germany

According to the Federal Employment Agency, companies are currently looking for 700,000 skilled workers in the industrial, retail and service sectors. But which professions are fit for the future from a current point of view?

The Boston Consulting Group has examined which occupations are least at risk from digitalization, analyzing 7.7 million workers. I’ll show you a statistic about this in the following.

Occupations and the chance of job loss due to digitalization – source partly from the BCG study

Of course, difficult-to-digit professions such as care for the elderly, crafts, teachers, lawyers, educators or protected professions such as tax consultants or notaries will continue to exist for a long time to come. On the other hand, you will also notice how particularly professions with human competence such as empathy and empathy remain sustainable. These are executives, management consultants, medical professions and educators. On the other hand, the IT industry will also grow strongly and IT competence in general will be more and more important.

Conclusion

Lack of skilled workers is becoming one of the biggest growth hurdles in the age of digitalisation. We are changing from a classic industrial society to a digital society. The consequence is that on the one are being massively cut and, on the other hand, they are being rebuilt.

In vulnerable professions, it is important to consistently train and change the professional profile with the help of new IT skills. For example, a clerk can use IT skills to configure automation software or a construction worker to operate intelligent machines.

As employees, we should start to take 100 per cent responsibility for occupational safety #Employability, because that responsibility can no longer be assumed by companies for workers. Nor can we rely on education systems in companies, but must also continue to train in leisure time through active learning. A survey by Haufe already shows that more than a third of the more than 1,000 employees surveyed already train at weekends and in their leisure time.

Haufe’s survey on continuing training

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I blog about the impact of digitalization on our working environment. For this purpose, I present content from science in a practical way and show helpful tips from my everyday work. I am a manager in an SME myself and I wrote my doctoral thesis at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg at the chair of IT Management.

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