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 should we do about the future of work?

what should we do about the future of work?

Good jobs and bad jobs

Over time researchers have been able to identify particular features that make some jobs better or worse than other jobs. There is a lot of academic research in this area, and what those studies consistently show us is that, although there are some disagreements about exactly which aspects of jobs should be measured on any job quality index, there is broad agreement that good jobs share some common characteristics (CIPD, 2018). Most measures of job quality include objective characteristics of the work such as pay levels, other rewards and benefits; the level of autonomy and control a worker has; the terms of employment ...

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