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Technology and the
future of ASEAN jobs

The impact of AI on workers in ASEAN’s six largest economies

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"As economies look to sustain this growth and evolve to cater to
new competencies, it is crucial to ensure that the region's
workforce is not left behind."

- Naveen Menon, President for ASEAN, Cisco

Find out where you stand

AI will change the ASEAN job landscape by 2028, impacting some countries more than other. Get ready for a future where different skills are in demand.

What we cover in this report

Job demand grows overall

Technology adoption will create new jobs by 2028, but with uneven growth. Workforces in manufacturing will account for just 40% of new jobs while industries like wholesale & retail expand with 1.8 million vacancies projected.

Expect job redundancies

Productivity gains due to digital transformation could lead to a shift in the labor force. As many as 28 million workers across the ASEAN could be affected by 2028, with more lower-skilled jobs displaced.

Required skill-sets will change

The skill-sets required by ASEAN must evolve. Softer, foundational and interactive capabilities will be essential. Paradoxically, the more technologically-advanced economies will be impacted most.


How AI will transform the ASEAN job landscape

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The reskilling challenge

Bridging the gap between existing skills and required skills by 2028.

The ASEAN job landscape

The ASEAN job sectors where demand will be the greatest in 2028.

The ASEAN labor market

Job demand will vary widely across the six largest economies in ASEAN.

Reskilling successfully

Involve all stakeholders when tackling the reskilling challenge.

Did you know?

workers will require reskilling for new career paths by 2028.

fewer workers are required in 2028 to produce at current output levels.

of the 6.6 million ASEAN workers lack the IT skills that new jobs will demand.

workers will need upgrades to foundational skills despite a tech-based disruption.

new jobs will be created in service and sales.

Technology will create greater economic productivity and new job opportunities.