03 April 2012
Demographic trends: How they'll affect us all
More women are in the workforce than ever before, but family patterns are more diverse, and many people are staying at work well past the age of 65. What other demographic trends are going to affect the labour force over the next two decades?
Find out in the 2012 edition of Workforce Demographic Trends, an Equal Employment Opportunities Trust report that explains how and why our labour force is changing. It is updated every year to incorporate the latest demographic information.
The report, by EEO Trust researcher Dr Mervyl McPherson, identifies four overarching trends in the years ahead:
- Slowing labour force growth, meaning more migration will be needed to grow the labour pool
- A global labour market that competes for the best people
- An ageing workforce, with many older people staying at work longer
- Changing gender and family roles, with households and responsibilities within them more diverse than ever.
"This report is a valuable tool for organisations wanting to plan ahead and ensure business sustainability in the future," says EEO Trust chairman Michael Barnett, also Chief Executive of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce.