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People of the future

This space emerges within BBK Kuna with the intention of adding the citizens to the public debate about the future, in which their voice is hardly represented despite being the main players directly affected by the surveys conducted by experts and institutions. There are scientific and institutional predictions on how work, fashion, food, transport or education will be like in 2050, but citizens know very little about this vital information in order to organise their own and their children’s lives. At the same time, this future will largely depend on the actions, behaviours and values of these citizens. This space seeks to place citizens in the centre of the debate about the future, so they may access valuable information and enable them adapt better to the changes, in order to incorporate their voice so that in some way they can also condition this future and direct it towards the sustainable development of our society.

INSIGHTS OF CITIZENS

The lifetime project of most people is marked in one way or another by work. Experts and institutions describe a horizon of radical transformation of this productive space.

This study places the voice of citizens in the centre of the debate about the future of work directed at sustainable competitiveness and social well-being.

BLOCK 1 –WORK AND TIME

Although 80% of citizens are against it and think that 63 is the ideal age to retire, we continue to work beyond the age of 70. Most believe that people in the future will work less hours than they do now and 59% support an unconditional basic income.

BLOCK 2 – WORK AND SPACE

Teleworking will be the most common option according to 58% of citizens and that businesses will invade our private digital space. 80% believe that digital nomads will be normalised and be an opportunity for accessing the jobs of other countries without leaving your own territory.

BLOCK 3- THE GREEN FUTURE OF WORK

63% support the European Green Deal for a fair and sustainable economy and believe it will help our youngsters access quality jobs in the Basque Country. 80% believe these new jobs will depend more on merits than contacts and that new emerging businesses will be the key players in 2050.

Most citizens rely and hope the gender pay gap will disappear in 2050 and workers’ rights will have more protection. 57% see the presence of immigrants necessary in the future labour market.

BLOCK 4: DIGITALIZATION AND ROBOTIZATION IN 2050

Most citizens believe robotization will free us from the most unbearable workloads and that it is not a threat for their jobs. 88% would not accept their boss being a robot.

46% believe that digitalization, robotization and the development of artificial intelligence will not generate new jobs.

BLOCK 5: UNAWARENESS ABOUT THE PROFESSIONS OF THE FUTURE

Most Basque people have not heard about many of the professions that experts say will shape the future and are unaware of the jobs that will generate the energy transition. More than 70% have never heard about professions such as waste detectors, carbon footprint specialists, data detectives or Walker/Talkers.

“The Future of Work” Report