Economies are undergoing deep structural changes as they emerge from recession and adapt to the on going process of globalisation. Moreover technological changes,including in information and communication technologies,as well as shifts in the pattern of demand and business resposes to these processes,amongst others,are leading,and will lead to,significant changes in the labour market. The sectoral and occupational structure is changing and the skills needed to successfully undertake these jobs are also undergoing change.
I worked with the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency(AWPA) on research to examine these drivers of change,their consequences for jobs and skills,as well as on the policy responses most likely to reap the benefits of these changes whilst minimising their negative consequences. The AWPA has now been abolished by the new Australian Government,effective June 2014