Bernard Salt is a KPMG Partner based in Melbourne with special expertise in demographic and generational trends. Bernard heads a group of consultants within KPMG providing demographic-based advice to business. He holds Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts degrees and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has established an international reputation as a trend forecaster for the property and financial services industries.
Bernard is an experienced media commentator and a regular guest on television programs such as Sunrise, Today Show, Today Tonight, A Current Affair and 60 Minutes. He is also a columnist with The Australian and Melbourne Herald Sun newspapers, a regular on the Australian and, more recently, European and US speaking circuits, and a business advisor.
His bestselling book The Big Shift predicted a surge in the demand for lifestyle and residential property underpinned by the imminent retirement of the baby boom generation. His second book, also a best seller, The Big Picture, looks at how work, life and relationships are changing in the developed world in the early decades of the 21st century.
In his third book, Man Drought, Bernard served up not only his thoughts on the man drought and the odds of finding love in every Australian town, but his take on contemporary social issues around lifestyles, work habits, the future, and an insightful analysis of Australian generations.
A later book, Decent Obsessions: Why it's ok to sweat the small stuff, is largely a collection of his Saturday columns in The Weekend Australian, and puts forward the argument that it is the ordinary and dutiful middle class going about their business day-to-day that delivers society its stability and prosperity.
Bernard's latest book, published in 2014, More Decent Obsessions: The Small Things That Tell the Big Picture takes you on a playful yet insightful journey, moving forwards to the 2030s and back to the 1960s examining life, manners and mores to sketch a bigger picture of modern life in Australia.
Bernard also authored and released a global study of Generation Y commissioned by KPMG International and called Beyond the Baby Boomers in July 2007 which attracted front page coverage of the Financial Times as well as coverage by The Economist magazine and other US-based business journals.
Early in 2008 Bernard was again engaged by KPMG International to complete a global study of the movement of talent and labour. His report, The Global Skills Convergence, was released in Washington DC.