Human Age 2.0: Future Forces at Work

A perfect storm of structural and cyclical forces – from shifting demographics to rapid globalisation and technological revolutions – coupled with a highly uncertain business environment, is knocking labour markets out of sync. The result? High unemployment alongside unfilled jobs, rising productivity with stagnant wages, and economic recovery with declining upward mobility for many. The skills of the workforce are out of pace with business needs.

The time is ripe for disruption and new thinking in the labour market. The Human Age 2.0 need not be a battle of human versus robot. New jobs are being created, with many individuals able to take on more fulfilling roles, but they will require the training to do so. The Haves, those with in-demand skills that can become more productive using new tools – in industries like IT or engineering – will continue to see wages increase. The Have Nots, with low or outdated skills, will see wages stand still or decline as that kind of work increasingly gets simplified or automated. Ultimately, the future is bright with opportunities and growth, but continued learning and skills development for human capital is essential.