The future of work and the digitization of jobs bring new challenges to the frontier of policy dialogue with business stakeholders. Innovation and integration of digital tools and processes have brought forth new business models, evolving employment contracts and changing demands for skills at the workplace. The impact of this progress is a demanding area of interest for businesses and the policy community.
At the OECD Future of Work Forum and the Employment Ministerial that took place in January in Paris, stakeholders and leaders from the business community, the public sector and academia convened to discuss ways to foster and adapt employment in the changing nature of the digital economy while encouraging inclusive growth. The Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD was represented at each of the high level panels of the Future of Work Forum, and a strong BIAC delegation led by Chair Ronnie Goldberg, USCIB senior counsel, contributed business views on labor markets and the digital economy in the Employment Ministerial. BIAC’s call for more comprehensive and targeted education policies and the necessary flexibility in labor markets was well received.