Google's investing millions in research on the gig economy and future of work


The way we work is changing because of Google and other technology companies (Source: Getty)

Google has promised $50m (£38.3m) to help people adapt to new ways of working brought about by technology, and said it will also fund new research into the future world of work.

The tech giant said a third of jobs in the future are likely to require skills which are uncommon today. It added that more jobs are likely to be independent as demographics are change, and cited existing research on the future of work and economic figures.

The fresh cash from Google's philanthropic arm will go toward non-profits and other groups, "to help people prepare for the changing nature of work".

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That will include organisations offering skills training and supporting low-wage workers in the US, Europe, Canada and Australia.

Some $2m of that cash will go into researching the future of work, "finding ways to better anticipate and understand what the world’s fast-changing workforce will need in the years to come and how technology can help produce positive outcomes."

"Many research organisations, nonprofits, and businesses have already started exploring the ways work will continue to change over time, whether through the rise of the gig economy, new technological advances, or demographic changes," the tech firm said in a blog post.

It builds upon other efforts by Google owner Alphabet to get people up to speed when it comes to digital skills. The company has promised everyone in the UK free digital skills training and has opened a new tech training hub in London.

The rise of technology, and automation in particular, have given many cause for concern. According to one recent survey, up to 30 per cent of UK jobs could be replaced by robots by 2030. Others suggest new yet-to-be imagined positions will spring up in their place.

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