In the past, workers with average skills, doing an average job, could earn an average lifestyle. But, today, average is officially over. Being average just won’t earn you what it used to. It can’t when so many more employers have so much more access to so much more above average cheap foreign labor, cheap robotics, cheap software, cheap automation and cheap genius. Therefore, everyone needs to find their extra — their unique value contribution that makes them stand out in whatever is their field of employment. Average is over.
Deputy Prime Minister Asscher wants to make the new Employment bridge (Brug-WW) accessible for the retrenched employees of V&D.
The disappearance of jobs may be the biggest event in the labour- and political arena since the the agricultural revolution. We must start thinking very seriously: What will humans do when machines can do almost everything?
The forgotten group that the Dutch Government and community ignore is plus minus 110 000 people strong. They are a quarter of all the longtime unemployed are not physically or mentally handicapped. 65% of this group only have a starter qualification (below vocational training) and most didn’t finish middle school.