Unemployment is not a uniquely South African problem, and with the rise of automation, the gap between opportunities for highly-skilled and low-skilled workers is expected to widen even further. Globally, 30% to 45% of the global workforce is underutilised, meaning unemployed, inactive or underemployed, according to a new study by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI). In the US, UK, Germany, Japan, Brazil, China and India alone, this means some 850m people would like to work, or work more. Globally nearly 75m youth are officially unemployed. In advanced economies, two-thirds of households have seen their income from wages and capital fall or stagnate between 2005 and 2014. Addressing this global jobs crisis brings significant challenges for policymakers, business and the workforce.