A conference kicks off this morning in Auckland to discuss the future of work in this country.
Economist and keynote speaker of the conference Guy Standing says that technology is making some manual labour jobs redundant.
He says one of the problems it’s creating is that those who own the machines will be reaping the benefits, while people who had previously held manual labour jobs will be fighting over the dwindling employment opportunities.
"It's about people who are having to do bits and pieces, types of odd jobs," he explained on the Paul Henry programme this morning.
"They have no sense of occupational identity."