Digitalisation and its impact on the labour market, the professional skills of the future, new forms of employment and a better work-life balance were among the topics discussed at the international conference “Future of work– a lifecycle approach". The event in the context of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU took place in Sofia on 21 and 22 March.

The conference participants discussed the challenges of an aging workforce, the need to create policies for early childhood development, the promotion of a longer working life, the development of digital knowledge and skills and the better protection of workers in the context of jobs transforming under the impact of advancing technologies.

“We need to define the relationship between productivity and the digital economy and find a social balance in non-standard forms of employment such as the four-day working week”, 

said Zornitsa Roussinova, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Bulgaria. She also pointed out the need to develop new policies and mechanisms that ensure safe and secure working conditions at the new jobs as well as adequate social protection for people who will be out of work because of the impact of digitalisation.