- Zuzana Cepla, Senior Policy Analyst, Labor Mobility Partnerships
- El Sayed Torkey, Senior Advisor, Federation of Egyptian Industries
- Marco Taddei, Member of the Management Board, Head of romandie and Head of International Affairs, Swiss Employer’s Confederation
- Ana Inés Montanari, Public Affairs Representative LATAM, The Adecco Group
- Brent Wilton, Director Global Workplace Rights, The Coca-Cola Company
- Richard Johnson, Senior Consultant, World Bank
Employers in high-income countries face unprecedented labor shortages. As populations in these countries get older and fertility rates decline, the overall workforce in these countries shrinks, preventing employers across industries to find enough workers to fill their vacancies and keep their companies running. While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some temporary swings with closures of businesses and thousands of furloughed workers worldwide, this underlining long-term labor shortage trend is unlikely to change.
Meanwhile labor mobility pathways frequently do not reflect these needs, and are not flexible enough to adapt to their changing labor market demand. This has real impacts on productivity and innovation in these companies and in high-income countries more broadly.
In this event, our distinguished panel of speakers discussed the negative effect of labor shortages on communities and economies in high-income countries, and how to pursue labor mobility systems which unlock benefits for employers and workers alike.
This event was the first of the Labor Mobility Partnerships’ (LaMP’s) monthly event series on the case for labor mobility from the perspectives of key actors (receiving countries, sending countries, employers, workers, and ‘mobility industry’). Join us at 9am EST on the last Thursday of each month to follow along!