Uber jobs, gig-like opportunities, flex skills and mobility are becoming the backbone of the economy and only civil servants and a shrinking cohort of low skill manufacturing jobs offer long term wages and benefits. Searching for these legacy jobs makes little sense as the definition of the work force changes and government crowds further and further into the business of benefits provision that was once the responsibility of employers.
As packages of benefits including health, retirement and paid vacation can add 30% more to labour costs, any employer competing with economies that don't provide these is toast. So, we need to help our young people develop the attitudes, skills and behaviours that will allow them to be fully active and happy participants in this new social and economic model. Wishing for the past only leads to disappointment.
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