Work in progress: The evolution of jobs
Rapid deployment of technology in the workplace has led to fears that some skills and professions will become redundant. However, history shows that the labour market has a way of adjusting to changes in demand
Ethnic Miao villagers take part in a ploughing competition in the field to greet ‘Li Xia’, the beginning of summer in Guangxi province, China. Millions of Chinese have migrated from farms to cities, leading to labour shortages in rural areas. Many farmers work in small plots and have a limited ability to invest in farm machinery and new seed varieties. The transition to American-style agribusiness and automation will have destabilising consequences in the Chinese countryside.