igitalisation, globalisation and demographic change are having a profound impact on our societies, our daily lives and our work. New technologies are creating new employment opportunities. Between 2006 and 2016, four out of ten new jobs in OECD countries were created in highly digital-intensive sectors.
The new Jobs Strategy builds on the original 1994 and reassessed 2006 Strategies. Its broader framework and its policy recommendations reflect the significant changes in OECD labour markets over recent decades, especially since the 2008 crisis.
We have to make sure that policies keep up with the technological change that has been transforming our economies at breakneck speed. The menu of policy options delivered today is a step towards better harnessing the full potential of technology, and ensuring its benefits spread across society.
I am delighted to launch the 35th edition of the OECD’s Employment Outlook. This comes hot on the heels of our latest Economic Outlook, which projects economic growth in the OECD of 2.6% in 2018, and 2.5% in 2019. While not at a record high, growth appears stronger. Job gains in particular have been impressive.
"Toute crise prépare la suivante." These words by Michel Camdessus are a warning, but should also be a stimulus for policy, an invitation to be alert, to be in constant reflection, in constant attention, to understand what happened, what is happening and what can happen.
The menu of policy options you agreed to develop will be an important step to ensure that ambitious collective policy responses are taken to seize the opportunities of technological change and to make sure no one is left behind. Let me focus on three areas of the “menu”.
In the context of rapid and massive technological change, closing the gap between “Policy 1.0” and “Technology 4.0” is urgent. The OECD is happy to have contributed a report that underpins the Framework Working Group members’ analysis on the implications of the future of work for growth and inclusiveness.
I must admit, this might be my favourite event of this Summit... but don’t tell anyone! It is indeed a great opportunity to address such a unique and inspiring crowd of young pioneers from a variety of backgrounds.
In the post-war period, Italy enjoyed high growth by exploiting its decentralised production base and nurturing the technical and vocational skills needed for specialised manufacturing. But over the past fifteen years, Italy’s economic performance has been sluggish and productivity has stagnated. This is partly due to skills challenges.
It is a great pleasure to join you to open this event and present the new OECD report, Local Job Creation: Employment and Skills Strategies in Slovenia. Allow me to begin by acknowledging the close partnership with both ministries throughout this project.