‘We’re in trouble’: How social media is impacting jobs
A new report has found that the number of job losses and new vacancies in Britain is a “significant” concern, with one in five people having their jobs cut due to technological changes.
The number of new jobs being created by social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn has surged since the end of the recession, but it is also predicted that the country will need to invest in the creation of more skilled jobs to keep up with the new technologies, the report by the think tank Policy Exchange said.
“The UK has seen an extraordinary surge in social media use, with over half a million tweets being sent per hour, a number that is likely to grow,” said the report.
“This has created a new challenge for businesses and employers to cope with the rapidly changing nature of social media.”
We need to look at the impact of social networking on jobs and the UK will be left in the lurch as the digital economy continues to shift.
“The report, which also includes research from the Centre for Policy Studies and the London School of Economics, was commissioned by the government and published on Tuesday.
In a blog post, the Department of Work and Pensions said it was looking at a range of ways to help employers meet the “challenges” of social technology.”
In light of the challenges facing businesses, we are launching an ambitious plan to help businesses adapt and manage social media and digital marketing to cope and grow their business,” the department said.
Its proposed plans include:The government is also calling for a “further review” of the rules around social media, with the UK’s social media watchdog saying they were “not in the best interest of the public”.”
While the social media market is growing, and in line with the Government’s plans to increase transparency around advertising, the regulation of social networks remains poorly enforced,” it said.