What Do We Know and What Should We Do About The Future of Work? is part of a new book series offering short, up-to-date overviews of key issues often misrepresented or simplified in the mainstream media. In this book, Professor Melanie Simms analyses ‘What We Know’ about the current state of paid employment in the UK and provides a far-ranging examination of the most pressing issues facing traditional employment, such as:  • The rise of automation  • Robotics and artificial intelligence  • Platform capitalism  • The Universal Basic Income  • The challenges of demographic change The author concludes by suggesting ‘What We Should Do’ – identifying four main areas that would have to be strengthened, in order to deliver a society and economy with more and better jobs. Intended for anyone seeking a quick and authoritative understanding of the future of work in the UK. Series Editor: Professor Chris Grey, Royal Holloway, University of London

what do we know about the future of work?

what do we know about the future of work?

Debates about the future of work

There are many public debates about the future of work, and the current tone of discussion is one of anxiety about whether paid employment will continue in the near future. Interest in the topic tends to go in phases and is often marked by concern about what changes in work and employment will mean for people, for the economy and for society more generally. We are in a phase where there is a lot of attention being paid to a number of developments: the rise of robotics and automation; the development of what has become known as ‘platform capitalism’; and the idea ...

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