Workforce 2020 is the Department of Labour’s new futures work programme. It is designed to ensure a prepared and productive workforce for 2020 and beyond.
Workforce 2020 will help build an evidence base to generate awareness and stimulate debate on future labour market issues. This evidence will support a range of strategies fostering the development of employment and skills across New Zealand.
While we can’t predict the future, we can get a better idea of what may happen by examining how key drivers – such as population demographic shift, globalisation, and resource pressures – are likely to impact on employment, skills, productivity, and economic performance over the medium to long term.
The first year of Workforce 2020 focuses on understanding future labour market impacts in five selected areas: