Future of work

New Zealand’s rangatahi population is growing but many are not being equipped with the tools for success.

Our changing population demographics will see a younger Māori population needing to support future industries and fill the skill gaps left by an aging Pākehā workforce heading into retirement.

The Māori workforce will increase by 50% by 2038 – almost one fifth of the working age population

The Māori population in the Ngāi Tahu takiwā is set to grow by 80% by 2040

The current income gap for Māori is $2.6 billion per year

The future of work is changing

The way we work in the future will be significantly different – it will require different skills, continual upskilling and flexibility as we face the impacts of technological advancements, automation and globalisation.

  • Rangatahi can expect to have 17 jobs over 5 careers in their lifetime
    Foundation for Young Australians. (2018). The New Work Reality
  • The core skills of the future overlap with training for 1 job being portable to 12 other jobs
    Tertiary Education Commission. (2019). Hidden Links, New Opportunities

The conversation needs to be redirected from qualifications and jobs to focus more on skills and trajectories that prepare our rangatahi to be life-long learners with a portfolio of transferable skills to adapt to change.

  1. Qualification
  2. Job
  3. Retirement
  1. Transferable skills
  2. Trajectory
  3. A life-long learning journey

We are facing a threat of growing inequality


Business as usual will see the income gap for Māori grow to $4.3 billion per year by 2040

Historically, recessions have had a disproportionately negative impact on Māori. Failure to shift current outcomes will see the same pattern continue into the new world of work.

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