The Employment Task Force was created in September 2011, during a meeting of employment ministers in Paris. The objective was to serve as a starting point for dialogue and information exchange on economic and social aspects affected by labour policies, and to exchange policy ideas.
In 2014, in light of many global challenges in the labour market, the G20 transformed the task force into the Employment Working Group. In 2017, the working group reached a consensus on the importance of developing policies that speak to the realities of the future of work. The need for education systems that are adaptable to the needs of the future job market was identified as critical.
The Employment Working Group met three times in 2018, on 20-22 February, 11-12 June and 3-5 September. On 13 June and 4 September the Employment Working Group held two joint meetings with the Education Working Group. A Workshop about future of work was also carried out on 10-12 April. The Employment Ministerial Meeting was held on 6-7 September and a joint session with education ministers was held on 6 September.
The future of Work
The Argentine Presidency choose "The Future of Work" as a priority to achieve fair and sustainable development for all. This future presents great opportunities based on technological innovation and the development of new forms of employment, at the same time as it implies challenges.
We are witnessing significant changes driven by digitalization and automation, globalization, demographic transitions, migration, and a shift in individual and societal expectations about work and welfare. These changes lead to the requirement of new skills, new forms of work, a need for innovative institutional frameworks and employment and social policies
At the Employment Working Group, the future of work provided the framework for the three topics that posed key challenges: the formalization of work and the promotion of decent work; the advancement of skills and life-long learning for inclusive growth and decent work and the need to strengthen and adapt social protection systems.
The EWG fosters an inclusive agenda focused on two specific objectives: to continue working to reduce gender gaps and to facilitate the inclusion of people with disabilities in the labour market.