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Predicting the Future of Work through Australian and global demographic trends.


Simon Kuestenmacher is the Director of Research at The Demographics Group based in Melbourne Australia and a rising star in data animation and interpretation with astounding predictions for Australia's future. In just two years he has amassed 125,000 followers globally who enjoy his insights and his quirky observational style.

His work is best appreciated by groups from the financial services, property, education, technology, retail and professional services industries.

Previous experience:

Simon holds degrees in geography from leading universities in Berlin and Melbourne and worked for several years as a business consultant with KPMG Australia. A columnist for The Australian newspaper, he is also one of the two co-founders of The Demographics Group and an emerging media commentator on demographic and data matters. He is frequently sought out by SkyNews, The Project, newspapers and radio stations across Australia to comment on demographic megatrends and the future of Australia.

Simon was named one of the world’s Top 50 influencers in data science by, he reaches over 30 million people every month through his Twitter account. Simon speaks on demographic trends, consumer insights and cultural change in Australia.

Talking Points

Reimagining The Way We Work: How New Technologies, New Generations and New Skills are Changing the Workplace

The Australian workforce is growing and morphing shedding some jobs and creating others. It’s a minefield for the uninitiated or for the ill-informed. In this presentation Simon unpacks the common denominators behind what’s working and what’s not in the world of work. A must for anyone in the workforce.

Degrees of Success: How Education and Skills are Reshaping the Australian Workforce

Speak to educators and they will say it’s all about STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) but is this the case? Longitudinal census data suggests that there’s a range of skills that can deliver career success. Let Simon take you through the numbers to his compelling conclusion.

Navigating The Gender Factor: Using Data to Show How Men and Women are Remunerated Job-by-Job in the Workforce

Which jobs deliver best remuneration for men and women? Which of these jobs are women closing the gap? Are there any high-paying jobs where women are better remunerated than men. Nothing sharpens debate like the facts and in this presentation Simon delivers the data behind the gender factor.
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