The G20 Taskforce on Employment met for the first time in 2014 in Sydney from 5–6 February. This meeting set the agenda for the taskforce in Australia’s G20’s presidency year, during which economic growth, boosting participation and creating jobs are some of the top priorities for the G20. Delegates agreed on their approach for the year and settled on the taskforce’s terms of reference.
Two of the main topics for discussion were challenges and strategies for creating jobs and raising workforce participation. Officials shared best practice strategies on these themes and put together some policy principles and recommendations to take forward to the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers.
They also discussed the development of country employment plans, and how they will feed into growth strategies. These plans, which will outline specific actions to address employment issues, are being developed for the first time in 2014. Importantly, they will be presented to G20 Leaders in November and form part of the Brisbane Action Plan.
Taskforce members were joined by members of the International Labour Organisation, the OECD, the World Bank. They also heard from the five official G20 engagement groups in a panel session.
The taskforce concluded the meeting with site visits on 7 February to experience some innovative employment projects based in Sydney.