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What Do We Know and What Should We Do About the Future of Work?

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July 2019 | SAGE Publications Ltd

What Do We Know and What Should We Do About the Future of Work is part of a new book series offering up-to-date overviews of key issues of public concern based on social science research, featuring topics often misrepresented or simplified in the mainstream media.

Written by a leading expert with an accessible writing style, this book on the future of work is a conversation starter and a way to spark informed, educated debate. It does this by providing illuminating, data-rich descriptions (what do we know?) and bold, prescriptive proposals (what should we do?). Questions which once seemed opaque are made clear, including –

  • What is work? How does it relate to paid employment?
  • Who works? Where, when, how do they work?
  • How has work changed?
  • Why does work matter?
  • Are robots going to take our jobs?
  • Will there ever be a post-work future?

Intended for anyone seeking a quick and authoritative understanding of the future of work in the UK.

 
What do we know about work?
What is work?  
Who works?  
What do we do at work?  
Why does work matter?  
How has work changed?  
Women’s employment  
The service economy  
The ageing workforce  
Changing migration patterns  
Labour share of income  
Households  
Trade unions  
Summary  
 
What do we know about the future of work?
Debates about the future of work  
The rise of automation  
Platform capitalism  
Universal Basic Income  
Flexible work  
Gig work and self-employment  
Work is a social activity  
The dark side of work  
What are skills and why do they matter to the future of work?  
Summary  
 
What should we do about the future of work?
Good jobs and bad jobs  
Why regulation matters  
The roles of the State  
The State as an employer  
The State as a rule maker and rule enforcer  
Work and self-employment: regulating the rise of platform capitalism  
New skills: a collective challenge  
Who works: the challenges of demographic change  
Pensions: the changing ‘deal’ at work  
Will we ever see a post-employment future?  
 
Further reading
 
References

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