University researchers present to Commission on Future of Work

Posted by rmt22 at Jan 17, 2017 02:21 PM |
University of Leicester academics in the Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures are presenting today to an Independent Commission looking at the impact of new technology on work.

Rapid and technologically driven change is transforming our world. Over the next 25 years we will see increasing automation in the workplace, with new jobs created and old ones becoming phased out. It has been described as the new Industrial Revolution, but is it fair for workers?

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

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

The Centre aims to shape and improve work and employment policy analysis and inform practice by bringing together a team of networked researchers. Professor Peter Nolan, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures, said: "We welcome 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 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.

Presentations from the Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures included:

  • New Technology in Retreat? The case of Hand Car Washes, Professor Ian Clark (University of Leicester)
  • Technology in Logistics Work, Dr Kirsty Newsome (University of Sheffield)
  • Re-shoring of Garment Manufacture to the East Midlands, Dr Nik Hammer (University of Leicester)
  • The Age of Over-Qualification: Lessons from Comparative Research, Professor Caroline Lloyd (Cardiff University)
  • Skills and Work - time for new thoughts, Professor Ewart Keep (Oxford University)
  • Britain's productivity `puzzle', Professor Peter Nolan (University of Leicester).

For more information on the University of Leicester’s Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures, please visit their webpages.

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