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The future of work part I: state of the nation

Looks at global growth and trends affecting employment, including the rise in the number of economically active women in the UK labour market, significant decline in manufacturing industry, and growth in the service sector. Notes that low pay remains a key concern and is linked to an increase in the prevalence of casual employment. Focuses on the need to tackle the continued regional imbalance and future geography of jobs; disruption caused by the increased use of technology; the changing demand for skills; and the supply of labour particularly in relation to immigration and an ageing workforce. Suggests other key policy challenges include the need for wage growth, to safeguard workers’ rights, understand how changing business models could impact on the future of work, and how the work demands of millennials might impact on the future of work. Indicates that changes driven by greater pressures from globalisation, advances in technology, and socio-economic shifts such as urbanisation are unlikely to abate, including that mobility between low paid low skilled jobs and high paid high skilled jobs is decreasing, and that businesses are increasingly using atypical contracts to hire staff.


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Spencer, Patrick; Lyons, Gerard
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Centre for Social Justice (CSJ)

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