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Mercer and Oliver Wyman join forces to prepare workforces for the digital era

Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth, and careers, and Oliver Wyman, a global leading strategy consulting firm, today announced that they have joined forces to help organisations prepare their workforces for the digital era. Workforce for the Future offers companies success for the digital era through smarter workforce strategies.

According to Mercer’s 2017 Global Talent Trends report, 93% of business executives plan to make a design change in their company within the next two years. The powerful combination of Oliver Wyman’s business model and industry capabilities, Mercer’s market-leading people strategy capabilities, and Mercer Digital’s breakthrough solutions provide every organisation the ability to connect business aspirations to their employee value proposition.

“To succeed in the Digital Economy, organisations are transforming structures and jobs for increased efficiency, agility, and customer intimacy,” said Julio A. Portalatin, CEO of Mercer. “These two pieces—business strategy and people strategy—brought Oliver Wyman and Mercer together to deliver essential solutions in digital workforce transformation.”

In its Future of Jobs Report, the World Economic Forum predicts 35% of core skills will change by 2020. For executives, it is a top priority to plan for a digital workforce now. Organisations can avoid skills instability and prepare for the proficiency required tomorrow. Workforce for the Future provides a holistic and integrated view, enabling organisations of all sizes to transition to a technology-enhanced environment, while ensuring that their workforce thrives.

“Our world is changing; technology and politics are key drivers. Workforce planning has become even more critical for leaders,” said Scott McDonald, CEO of Oliver Wyman. “Success involves a deep strategic focus on re-training, hiring of  different types of talent, and understanding the new nature of work. Oliver Wyman’s collaboration with Mercer delivers a unique perspective on these complex issues. By mapping the talents of the current workforce with the projected needs of the future workforce, skills gaps can be identified and addressed through change management and employee engagement programs.”

To learn more about Workforce for the Future, visit https://www.mercer.com/our-thinking/career/delivering-the-workforce-for-... or Oliver Wyman’s website at www.oliverwyman.com/workforce-for-the-future.