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The platform giants are profitable – but create few new jobs

The platform giants are profitable – but create few new jobs

The digital revolution will transform the work force in the 21st Century, just as the industrial revolution. But technology will create a host of new type of jobs and challenges as society moves from muscle and brainpower to data power, according to professors Bo Dahlbom and Ragnar Torvik.

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OECD: The crisis is over, but collective bargaining is needed for wage growth

OECD: The crisis is over, but collective bargaining is needed for wage growth

For the first time, more people are now in work in OECD countries than before the 2008 economic crisis. But the increased employment rate has not led to higher wages. The OECD says collective bargaining represents one of the most important tools for increasing living standards.

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The OECD wants action now: Opportunities for all is the new measure of success

The OECD wants action now: Opportunities for all is the new measure of success

Inequalities are growing. We have plenty of data telling us that – now is the time for action, says the OECD’s Gabriela Ramos. In the report ‘Opportunities for all’, the OECD challenges member countries to fight inequality. “Growth is good, but welfare for all is the true measure of success.” The ETUC’s Luca Visentini will not be happy until he sees a better distribution of wealth being created through collective agreements.

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The Nordics could take a digital lead – with the right measures

The Nordics could take a digital lead – with the right measures

Robots and artificial intelligence (AI) can create growth in the Nordic region without creating unemployment – but rapid political action is needed, says the management consulting firm McKinsey.

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Skills and fair distribution a precondition for digitalisation

Skills and fair distribution a precondition for digitalisation

Nordic people are keen to adopt new technology at work. The region is leading the way. The challenge is making sure workers get the chance to adapt to new skills, how to organise skills development and who should pay. We need better systems to handle the challenges, said Ylva Johansson at the recent conference on the Future of Work in Stockholm.

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OECD: Robots less of a threat to Nordic jobs, but major IT gender gap is

OECD: Robots less of a threat to Nordic jobs, but major IT gender gap is

14 percent of jobs in OECD countries are at high risk of becoming automated, while a further 32 percent of jobs will change radically, says Mark Keese, Head of the Skills and Employability Division at the OECD.

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Google wants to enter the Nordic labour market

Google wants to enter the Nordic labour market

Optimism clearly trumped pessimism at the Nordic conference on the Future of Work in Stockholm in the middle of May. Companies, politicians and trade unions mainly praised the digital future.

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No fish is wasted with Icelandic technology

No fish is wasted with Icelandic technology

Iceland’s fisheries industry has undergone a revolution in recent years. Fishing companies and tech firms have worked together to develop high tech solutions. Iceland is a global leader when it comes to developing fish processing technology. Productivity has shot up, and new computerised machinery is being exported.

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Jon Erik Dølvik: Technology easily blinds us, yet we can shape our own future of work

Jon Erik Dølvik: Technology easily blinds us, yet we can shape our own future of work

He does not use the analogy himself, but when Jon Erik Dølvik talks about the future of work it sounds as if he is talking about the Gulf Stream. When researching whether the Nordic model can manage challenges like automation, globalisation and the platform economy, he is mostly interested in how the flow of capital affects employment.

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Digitalisation now also concerns people with higher education

Digitalisation now also concerns people with higher education

Camilla Tepfers’ choice of words is surprising as she describes the skills needed when machines have learnt what we thought only humans could to: Those who can tolerate boredom are the winners, she might say. Or those who consider things in more depth.

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Project Mirjam tackles prejudices about and in the Swedish labour market

Project Mirjam tackles prejudices about and in the Swedish labour market

Project Mirjam targets women with low levels of education who have been granted asylum or residency in Sweden. It is considerably harder for them to find work compared to men in a similar situation, but guidance focused on work and gender equality produces results.

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Gender equality money to draw people to professions with labour shortages

Gender equality money to draw people to professions with labour shortages

Region Gotland has decided to set aside extra money for this year’s wage review to fill the pay gap and to help professions facing labour shortages. The hope is that the right money can get existing workers to stay and tempt new ones to come and work on the island.

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Swedish cooperation could half time it takes youths and newly arrived to find work

It takes foreign born jobseekers less time to enter the Swedish labour market than it used to. But some, especially women and people with lower education, still face major challenges. Cooperation on a local level between the Employment Service and municipalities could help.

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No Isolation – creating new jobs to cover ancient needs

No Isolation – creating new jobs to cover ancient needs

There is a reindustrialisation taking place in the middle of Oslo. Three young people have started their own business, making products as well-designed as anything coming out of Apple.

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Blueye Robotics: The people's underwater drone bringing knowledge about our oceans

Blueye Robotics: The people's underwater drone bringing knowledge about our oceans

“Something happened to me when I went from collecting shells on the beach to finding more and more plastic and rubbish,” says Christine Spiten. She is one of four entrepreneurs who set up Blueye Robotics in 2015.

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Norway’s blue-green government with a labour market focus

Norway’s blue-green government with a labour market focus

The Liberal Party is the new party in the Norwegian government coalition. Prime Minister Erna Solberg has also reshuffled some of her government ministers. Five out of six main points in the new government’s political platform are about the labour market.

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The golden formula

When we can watch a robot do a summersault, we know there has been a technological leap. We cannot know the consequences, but change is needed to face what is happening. A change to what? How do we prepare for new times? These are the types of questions politicians, the labour market, researchers and the Nordic Labour Journal are mulling over. What is the golden formula?

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Anniken Hauglie at the Nordic council of ministers - changing focus on working environments

Anniken Hauglie at the Nordic council of ministers - changing focus on working environments

A changing labour market means new demands and challenges for the labour market's parties, politicians and society as a whole. This formed the backdrop when Anniken Hauglie hosted a conversation during the Nordic labour ministers' meeting in Oslo recently. The opening theme was how working environments influence productivity.

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The future of work is central in new Nordic cooperation programme

The future of work is central in new Nordic cooperation programme

A new cooperation programme, a comprehensive Nordic project on the future of work, a turn in the thinking around working life, and increased focus on integration. These were all issues highlighted by Norway’s Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Anniken Hauglie at the end of the 2017 Norwegian Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

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The Nordics are entering the future of work

The Nordics are entering the future of work

How do we prepare the Nordic model for the future of work? The question gets a lot of attention in a time of major demographic and technological change. The count-down to the ILO’s centenary celebrations has started, and the Nordics want to contribute – but how? This was one of the big questions discussed at the Nordic Labour Ministers’ meeting in Oslo, where the focus was on migration, integration, good organisational working environments and the common Nordic project The Future of Work.

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