Future of Work
There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has highlighted existing workforce challenges across the country, while making them more urgent and complex.
Even pre-COVID-19, technology was predicted to shake up the very nature of work. In light of the pandemic, this is now compounded by an increase in unemployment and the inability for businesses to access skilled migration. As a nation, we need to take a deeper look at the future of work, jobs and reskilling local workers.
It hasn’t all been doom and gloom. There are some silver linings and positive gains that have been accelerated by the pandemic, including new ways of working, digital adoption and collaboration. At a policy level, this has been supported by the JobMaker, JobKeeper and JobTrainer plans that have been enacted at pace.
The 2020 budget is an opportunity to build on this momentum while looking beyond the pandemic by using jobs and skills as a key foundation for economic recovery.
A mindset shift is required; away from a ‘war over talent’ and towards partnership to build a world-class labour market. Now is the time to rethink the investments that are needed and the role of government to make this happen.
*Scott Morrison (2020a), Prime Minister of Australia, ‘Press Conference - Australian Parliament House, ACT, 1 May, available at https://www.pm.gov.au/media/press-conference-australian-parliament-house-act-1may20
Partner, People & Organisation Consulting, PwC Australia
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Dr Ben Hamer
Director, PwC Australia
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Partner, National Skills Lead, PwC Australia
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Director and Head of Training Product Development, PwC's Skills for Australia, PwC Australia
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