Technological changes generate opportunities and challenges, requiring different business models and changes for workers.
We may have more flexibility and be able to:
- work part-time
- work digitally or from home
- be self-employed or have multiple jobs.
It is important to ensure this does not occur at the expense of a decent standard of living.
To flourish in this changing economic landscape, Aucklander's will have to continuously increase their skills, retrain on the job and develop throughout their lives.
We have to strengthen systems and opportunities to enable this continuous learning. Business, industry, and unions have important roles in proactively supporting their workforce to retrain and develop.
Industry and the education sector will need to work even more closely together to be responsive to this changing environment and to create opportunities for people to develop the right skills at the right time.
Workplaces need to build more flexible cultures that attract and best utilise the talents of older workers, younger workers and everyone in between.
Over the next 30 years, it can be assumed that many current jobs will be automated, or replaced by artificial intelligence, and there will be new jobs requiring new skills. In future, soft and creative skills are likely to become more valuable than at present.