There is no doubt that technological improvement is an important factor for changes in different labour markets. This is true both for the quantitative development of employment as well as for the qualitative development of skilled labour force. The extent to which new technologies lead to more jobsand better working conditions is, however, a subject of debate. On the one hand, new technologies – such as modern IT – have often been called ‘job killers’, causing unemployment growth. On the other hand, technological innovation is considered a means to improve the competitiveness of the European economy and offers new economic markets with new job opportunities. With new IT technologies work can be organised much more effectively with fewer workers involved and as a consequence the demands on the higher qualifications labour at nearly all job levels are required. And result is that mostly unqualified, older and young people in European countries have reduced access to the labour markets.
Due to IT technologies in highly skilled occupational groups there is evidence that the increasing demands for further qualification as well as lifelong learning have become an integral part of the individual commitment on the job. In lower-qualified occupational groups the workers depend verymuch on the learning opportunities provided by the companies. The question for public
policy remains how institutions can maximise opportunities and minimise risk in different
More about this subject you can read in attached study provided By ETAG:”Interactions between new technologies and the job market, flexicurity and training/vocational training”