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Job loss and COVID-19: do remote work, automation and tasks at work matter? is a report by Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, which aims to offer some insight into the future of work and the way in which trends and data changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the European Union, and the world as a whole. 

Analysis in the report is based on latest statistics, combined with Cedefop's skills forecast data, focusing around the various impacts COVID-19 has had across occupations, roles, sectors and industries. One highlighted aspect is resilience: the report finds that the less remote working potential an occupation offers, and the higher the risk of automation for a certain role, the more the likelihood of employment loss increases. Even more important is the need for basic digital skills for all, and more advanced skills, needed to work in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector: analysis shows that job loss projections are significantly lower for countries and occupations in which ICT skills are required. 

Finally, the report offers recommendations, not only based on observations and results gathered over the work around the report, but also taking into account reforms and investments by EU Member States as of 2022 within the framework of NextGenerationEU and the Recovery and Resilience Facility. 

Skills intelligence publication details

Target audience
Digital skills for the labour force.
Digital skills for ICT professionals and other digital experts.
Geographic scope - Country
Industry - field of education and training
Work skills
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) not further defined
Electronics and automation
Geographical sphere
EU institutional initiative
Publication type