University of Leicester academics to discuss the impact of technology on work and employment

Posted by ap507 at Jan 20, 2017 10:04 AM |
Researchers present to The Future of Work Commission looking into ‘The New Technological Revolution’

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 20 January 2017

Academics in the Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures at the University of Leicester recently presented new research findings to an Independent Commission looking at the impact of new technology on the future of work.

Professors Ian Clark, Peter Nolan, and Dr Nik Hammer from the School of Business discussed the nature of work and employment changes in the twenty-first century and their significance for productivity, performance and the quality of working lives.

The Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson MP, initiated The Future of Work Commission to understand emerging trends and address new policy challenges arising from the growth and fusion of technologies at work.

The presentation to the Commission represents an opportunity to share the research of the University of Leicester’s Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures and to inform the eventual recommendations of the Commission.

Professor Peter Nolan, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures, said: “We welcomed the opportunity to place before the Commissioners the findings of our long-term research on skill formation, productivity and the changing character of employment in key sectors of the British economy.

“From the standpoint of developing sound policy analysis it is crucially important to tackle the challenging questions about the future of work from a secure evidence base. That is what we aim to bring to the important work of this Commission.”

The Commission is co-chaired by Mr Watson and Helen Mountfield QC, and is made up of 12 other commissioners drawn from academia, industry and trade unions.

It is seeking evidence across the country and aims to work with businesses, trade unions and universities to generate new research and inform policy.

The Future of Work Commission aims to understand the implications of new technology on work and make achievable recommendations about the most pressing challenges and opportunities of the future.

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Dr Nik Hammer on email

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