Tagged: skills

Jill of all trades, and mistress of some - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jun 24, 2019

There are at least three inter-related factors shaping the nature of work – technologies aiding or replacing human workers; off-shoring (businesses sending work to other countries where labour is cheaper); and a shift from specialist to generalist skills. The latter is well discussed by Jerry Useem in the Atlantic. The US Navy’s been … Read More

Skills matter… and we already seem to have them - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Jun 30, 2016

Earlier this week the OECD released Skills Matter, a 160 page report on the results of a programme of surveys of adult skills in OECD (and a handful of other) countries. As usual with OECD reports, it is full of fascinating charts.  Here is how they describe the programme: In the wake of the technological revolution that began in the … Read More

A question for Steven Joyce - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Apr 09, 2016

A reader pointed me to an article on the NBR website in which Science and Innovation Minister [isn’t there something wrong when we even have a government “innovation minister?]  was quoted as telling a business audience yesterday that: more migration is the only way to bridge the current skills gap for ICT companies in New Zealand. and “That’s one … Read More