Creating a future-proof workforce


Have you already started preparing your workforce for a digital future?


Which competences do you need in your future job?

Our labour market is changing, so are the desired competences.Driven by demographic, economic and technological shifts, the Dutch labour market and economy have undergone major changes over the past 15 years. Some sectors, such as healthcare and other services, have grown in importance, while others, such as the agricultural and industrial sectors, have shrunk. Next to shifts in the country’s economic structure, Dutch workers now work in different professions than they did 15 years ago. The tasks people perform, and the tools and technology they use to perform those tasks, have changed within jobs as well. The question is: Which competences do we need to develop so as to perform our future jobs well?

With this tool you can either check what your current competences are -even compared to other jobs- and also what competences are required for future jobs.


Upgrade your competences

Extensive data analysis shows that Dutch workers already score highly on communication, idea generation (or creativity), learning and social skills. These are skills that will become even more important in the future. We need to focus on teaching people how to improve their current competences, especially social, creative, and learning skills, which are relevant to almost all jobs. All Dutch workers should be at least proficient, and preferably highly skilled, in these competences.


Check your current vs future competences

You can use this Workforce Competences Tracker to assess which competences are the most important in your current job. You can also compare your job to other jobs and assess which competences you need for these jobs and how skilled you need to be in these competences. Moreover, the Workforce Competences Tracker shows you which competences and clusters of competences are important in the economy today, and which are future-proof. Create your personal competence passport now here


How future proof is your organization?

Next to the Workforce Competences Tracker, where each individuals can check which competences are the most important for their job. PwC can support your organization as well with Strategic Workforce Planning. That will give you a detailed, fact-based and actionable assessment of the impact of automation on your workforce and the required competences for the future. This is an advanced data driven approach, which supports you in strategic decisions in order to reach the desired future. Please reach out to us if you would like to receive more information.



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You can assess which knowledge, skills and abilities are the most important in your job.

When you select your job, the graph shows you the knowledge, skills and/or abilities that are required in your job right now. The competency level – how good you have to be at a given competence – is rated on a scale from 1 to 100%, where 100% indicates that your performance in the relevant competence has to be excellent.

The job titles are based on the titles used by Statistics Netherlands. If your specific job title is not included in the list, simply select the one that is the most similar to yours.

Your competences

What are competences?

A competence is the combination of practical and theoretical knowledge, cognitive skills, and abilities that enable a person to do a job and improve their efficiency in that job.

- Knowledge is internalised theoretical information,
- A skill is a capability or proficiency developed through training or hands-on experience. Skills are the practical application of theoretical knowledge,
- An ability is a physical or mental attribute – innate or acquired by training – that influences performance.

In this page you can compare your current job to any job available in this research.

After inputting your name and your current job, a sorted list is available under "Select job to compare your job to". This will be the job you compare your own to.

Please note that the list is sorted by relevance: the most comparable jobs are shown first.

Your PwC Competence Passport

What are the required competences in your current job and what is the gap you have to bridge to reach the competency level of the job with which you are comparing it? Find it out now, create and download your personal competence passport by following these next steps:

1) Select your job

The first graph shows you which ten jobs share similar competences and competency levels. The jobs that are the most similar to your job are listed first. This graph also shows you how likely it is that your job and the ten other jobs will still exist in its current form in fifteen years.

2) Select a job with which you want to compare yours

The second graph assesses which competences you need for these jobs and how skilled you need to be in these competences. The graph shows you the competency level – how good you have to be at a given competence – in your current job and the gap you have to bridge to master the competency level of the job with which you are comparing it. The competency levels are on a scale from 1 to 100%, where 100% indicates that your performance in the relevant competence has to be excellent.

3) Download your competence passport

Click here to download your Competency Passport. Klik hier om uw Competentie Paspoort te downloaden.
(Please note that the download could take up to 15 seconds)

Job comparison

Most similar jobs to your job, based on their competences and the automation probability of these jobs.

Competency comparison

Competency levels in your current job and the job you compare it with.


Overall, the competences we needed in the past, those we need now and those we will need in the future are relatively stable.

Select if you want to see the top 25 of knowledge, skills or abilities, or the top 25 overall. The graph shows you how the top 25 has changed over time from 2011 to 2018, and how it is expected to change by 2035.


Top 25 Dutch competences



Competence clusters show us how important issues such as social and technical skills will be in the future. We found that verbal abilities will remain the most important competences in the future, while idea generation (or creativity) and social skills will become even more important than they are now.


Competence clusters


Note: The cluster Complex problem solving only contains the skill Complex Problem Solving. As the other cluster scores are the average of multiple competences, the high score of the cluster Complex problem influences the ranking disproportionately.

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