Can we incentivise organisations to create workforce opportunities?
PRESS RELEASE: While all governments promise to create jobs, employers are increasingly incentivised to take them away. So says futurist Charles Brass, who presents a future world with less and less job opportunity.
“The development of robots and other cyber technologies enables organisations to get their work done quicker and cheaper than through hiring people,” surmises Brass who for over 20 years has been working with individuals and businesses to provide the tools to create a more ideal tomorrow.
“My view might not be what industry and government want to hear, but it has to be brought to the table for discussion if Australia wants to find solutions to this ever increasing shift and avoid a rise in long term unemployment.”
Brass supports his comments by referring to the already changing structure of today’s workforce. First, the percentage of full-time jobs in Australia has been steadily declining for over 40 years. Second, more people are working for themselves away from the traditional employer/employee arrangement. In 1998 only just over 6% of workers were self-employed. This has increased to nearly 10%, and if you include businesses owned by one person but who employ more, the percentage increases to 20%. Statistics show that job availability is disappearing for inexperienced women wanting to re-enter the workforce, unskilled young people and older workers made redundant but still active and wanting to work.
“Responsibility for the provision of work has now shifted from employers to individuals who have to create jobs for themselves. For example, the development of the internet has enabled those who have embraced this technology to create niche markets or new delivery solutions. Another example is mothers returning to the workforce who join together and offer job share packages to businesses who need their skills. But these types of solutions are limited. Government and employment providers must shift their thinking and approach to job creation if society as a whole wants to function in a future world with a viable economy and our current standards of living.”
Brass will be expanding on his theories at the Long Term Unemployment Conference
being held in Melbourne on 9 and 10 November.