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In the future, the number of jobs in the context of digitization should remain stable or even increase. Around 86 percent of employers worldwide pursue this goal - according to a study by the market research company Infocorp on behalf of the ManpowerGroup.

Around 20,000 employers from six industries and sectors in 42 countries were surveyed, including China, Germany, France, Great Britain, Japan and the USA.

Alongside the USA and Great Britain, Germany is one of the countries in which employers are convinced of digitization and the upcoming challenges on the labor market: 91 percent of employers in Germany and the USA and even 96 percent from Great Britain estimate the situation according to the study in such a way that "the number of jobs in their companies remains at the current level or even increases".

"The German results show that there is a general mood in our country that not only jobs will be lost as a result of digitization", Herwarth Brune, Chairman of the Management Board of ManpowerGroup Germany, comments on the results of the study. "Many companies assume that a job will be lost, but one or two can arise if they are creative and come up with new things."

Japan and China remain suspicious

Japan and China do not share this view. Only 76 percent of the interviewed employers from Japan and only 73 percent from China estimate the future situation around digitization as the Germans do.

Many Japanese and Chinese executives are still undecided about this. "In both countries there is a large minority at a loss," says Brune. "In Japan - a country with a high density of robots like Germany - many entrepreneurs say, measured against the global average, that jobs will be cut."

Digitization requires new skills

According to the study, the demands placed on employees are undergoing a clearly visible change. Communication and organizational talents are therefore increasingly in demand, around 88 percent of employers in Germany attach particular importance to these skills. Those who can work independently have good chances with 73 percent of German employers. In contrast, leadership qualities are hardly in demand at only 28 percent.

According to the study authors, however, it is precisely these skills that are lacking on the labor market. Around 36 percent are of the opinion that the applicants lack the competence to solve problems. In addition, 31 percent of employers believe that potential candidates lack the ability to organize themselves.

In the future, employees will be required to have certain soft skills that determine their professional success. "The decisive hiring criteria for employers today should not be the applicant's existing knowledge and skills," explains Brune, "but rather his ability to get involved with others and work with them."