Labour Market Disruptors

Climate Change • Globalization • Food • Technology • Education • Demographics • Culture • Health.

Disruption can mean significant change that alters peoples lives and may change economic structures. Disruptors break the normal expected continuation in careers or sectors.

We have identified the following disruptors as areas of great change: Climate Change, Globalization, Food, Technology, Education, Demographics, Culture and Health.

The disruptions in each of these areas can lead to major changes in our lives; changes which are often seen as difficult or negative. However, within each disruption can be positive outcomes in the form of changes to the way we live, new career opportunities, modifications to how we can earn a living, and insight in to how we can alter our lifestyles for the betterment of our health and that of the planet.

Our research on disruptors resulted in the following video series, designed to summarize each disruption, the changes that may occur and why, and career sectors that could experience growth as a result.

We invite you to watch the short videos below! Our hope is to help job-seekers, newcomers, youth and our communities learn about and prepare for the careers of the future.

Information for this video series was sourced from the book:

"Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years" by Ian Goldin and Robert Muggah

Published by Penguin Random House, 2020

Climate Change Disruptor

As the earth warms, glaciers melt into the oceans raising sea levels worldwide. Deforestation, cattle ranching, fires and climate change are putting this life-sustaining ecosystem and all forests at risk. These environmental and health challenges have led to a high demand for skilled workers in industries that can help fight climate change.

Globalization Disruptor

The speed of globalization is increasing and affecting economies, cultures, political structures, technology and our environment. Although invisible, the movement of ideas facilitated by the internet is a powerful contributor in globalization. These challenges and benefits of globalization are creating new and important training and job opportunities for younger workers.

Food Disruptor

Industrial food production accounts for one third of green house gas emissions, contributing to climate change, and the depletion of natural ecosystems. These numerous disruptors to our health, food, and agricultural industries are creating new training and job opportunities for young workers.

Technology Disruptor

The pace of technological innovation is faster than ever before, necessitating rapid modification of systems and industries around the world. Training programs for workers and subsidies for affected industries is vital to prepare and teach them the skills to succeed in a tech-driven world. Through innovation and creativity all communities can thrive in this tech revolution! New training and job opportunities for younger workers will become available and retraining programs for older adults.

Education Disruptor

Total years of schooling has doubled from 1950-2017, and literacy has increased from 1% to 86% worldwide in the last 500 years. These gains in education around the world have supported social and economic growth. This disruption to education will bring new training and job opportunities for young people.

Demographic Disruptor

By 2040 two billion of the worlds population will be over 60 years of age. This demographic shift will lead to career growth in some industries and new training and job opportunities for younger workers will become available.

Culture Disruptor

A multicultural society is infused with an array of art, music, food, language, religion, and moral codes. New training and job opportunities will become available for young workers as globalization, immigration, and migration continue to increase, disrupting cultural norms

Health Disruptor

The past century has seen remarkable advancements in human health. Advancements have been the doubling of our lifespan, lower childbirth mortality rates, a decline in infectious disease and the development of antibiotics and vaccines. Despite how far we've come we still face many global health challenges.