The workforce of 2020 — more women, less building stuff
The Australian workforce is shifting rapidly into services -- especially health and care services -- while traditional production industries decline. We take a look at what the workforce will look like in 2020.
The Australian economy of the early 2020s will be one in which manufacturing has become a niche employer, and meeting our need for nurses, doctors and childcare workers will be the greatest workforce challenge, if current trends persist.
Crikey has used ABS workforce data to track workforce trends over the last five years to see how Australians will be working in coming years. And there’s unlikely to be any change from the historic shift from manufacturing and production industries to service industries that has driven the reshaping of the Australian workforce in recent decades, notwithstanding the mining boom.