Technological growth to impact jobs

James Kon

According to the Future of Jobs Report 2019, among the top 10 declining careers for the Jobs Landscape of 2022 are data entry clerk, accounting bookkeeping and payroll clerk, administration and executive secretaries, factory workers, customer service worker, and business service and administration manager.

Employers anticipate a significant shift in the division of labour between humans, machines and algorithms for the tasks of today.

Meanwhile, the growing occupations include roles such as data analysts, software and applications developers, and commerce and social media specialists – jobs that are significantly based on and enhanced by the use of technology.

The impact on jobs in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) was highlighted by Associate Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS) Dr Azrinah binti Rahman in her presentation on ‘Understanding 4IR and Its Impact on HROD’ at the Human Resource Organisational Development (HROD) Roundtable 2019 yesterday.

She said, “The Fourth Industrial Revolution is different from the previous industrial revolutions, because of the quick pace of the changes and impact that can disrupt industries through technological advancements. Brunei Darussalam has 94 per cent Internet penetration, while mobile subscription is at 136 per cent.

ABOVE & BELOW: Attendees listen to a presentation on ‘Understanding 4IR and Its Impact on HROD’ at the Human Resource Organisational Development (HROD) Roundtable 2019 by Associate Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS) Dr Azrinah binti Rahman. PHOTOS: JAMES KON

“For the past two years, we have been top users of Instagram. We need to remember we have a choice on innovation using the technologies that we want to adopt and what technologies can deliver to us in the HROD.”

Dr Azrinah also revealed that the Brunei Government has embarked on the Digital Government Strategy 2015-2020 to achieve a digital transformation and making government services simpler, faster and more accessible. Six keys areas of focus were identified: service innovation collaboration and integration, capability and mindset, optimisation, security and enterprise information management.

She also highlighted some of the soft skills that would still be relevant in 2020: complex problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, people engagement, coordinating with others and negotiation.

Meanwhile, Chief Researcher at the CSPS Dr Diana Cheong delivered a presentation on ‘The 4IR and Employment Futures: What are the key challenges and their implications for HROD? Brunei Context’.

The HROD Roundtable 2019, organised by the Civil Service Institute from November 13-14, aims to to increase awareness on the 4IR among government officials, in order to strengthen the role of the HORD in each organisation in the digital transformation era.

Today’s talks will be on ‘Singapore’s Case Study on Best Practices on Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning and Global Impact of IR 4.0’, ‘Digital Transformation on HRM’ and ‘Building the Digital Transformation Ecosystem’.