The report of the World Economic Forum lists the most important threats that people and states will have to face in the coming years in the short and long term. Among them, there is, among others, employment crisis, deepening inequalities in technology, growing digital threat, extreme weather phenomena, and further viral diseases such as Covid-19.
According to the World Economic Forum report, 14 percent of workers worldwide lost employment between April and June 2020. As much as 70 percent of working women in nine of the world's largest economies (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Japan, United Kingdom, and the United States) believe their careers will slow down, and 51 percent of young people in 112 countries believe their academic progress has slowed down. The immediate cause is the pandemic and the related crisis of many sectors, including tourism, aviation, or the hotel industry. WEF experts indicate that only in the second quarter of 2020, the number of hours worked dropped drastically – if they were added up, it makes 495 million people lost their job.
"Polish Labor Market Barometer shows that as many as 18 percent of employees know someone who lost their job in a pandemic due to developing technology, and every third company sees that automation or robotization has accelerated in their industry. Fortunately, however, you can see that technological development as a result of Covid-19 has positive effects as well. Already 44 percent of employees, influenced by the experience of the last year, plan to gain new competencies in 2021, and 3 out of 10 expect the benefits of online training from employers," Krzysztof Inglot, CEO of Personnel Service, noted.