The Future of Work

Headline panel discussion at Bath Business Conference 2023

What will work look like in the next 5, 10 or 25 years?

How can we prepare ourselves, our businesses and our teams for a future where work is becoming increasingly digital? What will the world of work look like by 2030 with significant factors including climate change, demographic change and new technology influencing development?

More than 75% of employers who engaged in the May 2023 WEF Future of Jobs reported that they anticipate adopting big data, cloud computing and AI technology within the next five years. Are our universities preparing students for this expectation?

Employers also plan to focus on developing worker’s skills in leadership and social influence (40% of companies); resilience, flexibility and agility (32%); and curiosity and lifelong learning (30%). Two-thirds of companies expect to see a return on investment on skills training within a year of the investment, whether in the form of enhanced cross-role mobility, increased worker satisfaction or enhanced worker productivity*.

These issues will be our focus for the headline event of Bath Business Conference

The future of work in Bath

In a city whose economy is dominated by the service sector, what innovations can we expect in the hospitality, retail and service sectors? What will the future of work look like in Bath?

How will we ensure that AI can work alongside humans so that we become more productive and have more opportunities to be creative and fulfilled?  What sort of innovation and complex problem-solving is already available to businesses? How are we developing the most important skills in the next generation of workers? Do they have the necessary analytical thinking, resilience and agility to be successful and useful? What adaptations will be necessary to upskill older workers who may not be ‘digital natives’?



Discussion Sponsor

Bath Spa University

Book your ticket for the Bath Business Conference 2023 and secure your place. Workshop tickets are £5 for all day access and you can add an entertaining lunch with guest speaker for an additional £18.
Find the Bath Business Conference full programme here. Look at the morning workshop topics: Living and Working Well and Brand Bath.


*Source: https://www.weforum.org/reports/the-future-of-jobs-report-2023/