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 work?

what do we know about work?

How has work changed?

Patterns of work are constantly changing and there are always reasons for politicians and commentators to highlight particular areas of change or continuity. Over the past 100 years, say, we have seen big changes in who works and what kinds of jobs they do. Ideas about equality of access to jobs and progression within a career that were unthinkable even a few decades ago are generally now widely accepted. One of the things we always need to ask ourselves when we think about how work is changing is: what time period is being discussed? Although it may seem obvious to highlight that work has changed a lot over time, the ...

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