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 is work?|
|What do we do at work?|
|Why does work matter?|
|How has work changed?|
|The service economy|
|The ageing workforce|
|Changing migration patterns|
|Labour share of income|
|Debates about the future of work|
|The rise of automation|
|Universal Basic Income|
|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?|
|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?|