What markets and jobs are evolving?


Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, with Southampton Solent University and Business South, has undertaken important research into the future skills needs of employers in the Solent area.

This research was funded by Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) which is set up to support and develop a broad range of knowledge-based interactions between universities and colleges and the wider world, which result in economic and social benefit to the UK.

The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ will drive development in the digital age by fusing technologies and continuing to blur the lines between the physical, digital and virtual, and biological spheres. A new age is emerging, where new technologies, such as drones, virtual and augmented reality, genetic breakthroughs and self-driving cars – will dramatically change skills needs globally, nationally and in the Solent area.

This research includes a literature survey of global, UK and Solent trends and identifies future predominant sectors, geographical hotspots and evolving jobs over the period to 2025. This is supplemented by research into evolving job roles and future skills needs. Potential disruptors to employment, skills and competencies are then identified. This all enables identification of challenges for employers, schools, colleges and higher education institutions.

Focus groups and an on-line questionnaire of local employers gained important views on how jobs will evolve and the skills, competencies and behaviors’ that will be needed in the workplace towards 2025. It was also found that employers will need to change behavior’s in the period to get the best from employees.

Respondents covered the range from micro enterprises (1-9), through small (10-49), medium (50-249), to large firms (250+), with more representation at either end of that scale. The questions put to business are in the Annex to this paper and were qualitative in nature.

If you’d like to know more you can access the full report here.


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