On Christmas Eve 2019, Dr. Yang Wen had two more hours on the night shift at a General Hospital in Beijing, and planned to spend the day with her college student son, who was back from Yale for the holidays. But an irate man, who had been complaining about his 95-year-old mother’s treatment, snapped. He suddenly started stabbing the […]
Understanding why certain jobs are better than others and what implications they have for workers’ career is clearly important. It is, however, not straightforward to identify and separate ‘good’ from ‘bad’ jobs. For example, most people would agree that, for an IT specialist, working for Google does represent a ‘good’ job in the sense that it provides a vibrant […]
Over six million people, approximately a quarter of the UK’s total workforce, have been furloughed since the introduction of the Job Retention Scheme on 25 March, designed to keep businesses afloat and stem mass redundancies. A Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) survey indicated that over half of employees who had been furloughed would otherwise have been made redundant. As […]
“We are not working from home – we are at our homes during a crisis trying to work.” — Dame Helena Morrissey, Chair of the Diversity Project and founder of the 30% Club
The COVID-19 pandemic has made working remotely the daily reality for millions of people. Many people are feeling anxious. They are worried about loved ones, worried about losing their livelihoods and, in many cases, […]
Digital technologies have given rise to “new ways of working” (e.g. remote working, virtual teams) which come with their unique benefits and challenges. These new ways of working are known for the increased flexibility they offer to both the employer and the employee, the reduction of transportation costs and commuting times, as well as for providing the conditions for creativity […]
“I wonder if I will be able to string a coherent sentence together in a month’s time”
Kathy Samuel – head of business partnerships in the division of philanthropy and global engagement
What is different from working in the office?
The physicality of getting into the office provides a structure to the day. A few days in, I am feeling the […]
UK’s labour market continues to show resilience – but all is not as rosy as it seems. A recent analysis of labour market trends by The Institute for the Future of Work reveals strengths and weaknesses that should help plans to ‘level up’ the regions. The analysis supports the case for increased devolution; ‘mega-city’ networks connecting cities with surrounding […]
In the summer of 2015, in a crowded beer garden in Barcelona, we talked about work – the work we were doing then. It was a rather sad conversation, because the bottom line was that our jobs were uninspiring at best. Work was making us anything but happy.
We weren’t frustrated with the work itself. It was interesting, challenging, and […]
The potential psychological effects of atypical and precarious employment arrangements are attracting increasing attention among academic and policy researchers. The UK economy is approaching ‘full employment’ and the jobless rate has dropped below pre-recession levels. Yet, for many workers these employment levels have not meant high quality jobs. More employees now find themselves underemployed than before the recession and […]
To say that the world is changing rapidly is an understatement. Climate catastrophe and that little thing called Brexit have been dominating the 2019 election.
These issues are important, but it might be a useful time to draw attention to another issue on the horizon that will play a fundamental role in our collective future – a fourth industrial revolution. This […]
Whether you take the bus, the train or a car, commuting equals boredom, occasional strain and mostly a lot of lost time. On average, commuting takes up 38 minutes a day summing up to several 24-hour days a year. Such a massive time investment should have a serious return, right? Obviously, it does. Commuting enables many of us to […]
Uber, Deliveroo, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Upwork — internet-based, on-demand work platforms have successfully found their ways into various aspects of our daily lives. What has been overlooked in most discussions on online gig work is the increasing participation of high-skilled, licensed professional workers, such as doctors and lawyers. While online professional services remain insignificant in most Western countries, they […]
In our increasingly digitised world, a crucial role is played by online platforms. These platforms — dynamic websites which constitute digital public squares or marketplaces — affect the economy and our society in various ways and their regulation (or lack thereof) is increasingly the subject of public and political debate. Whether it be the way in which Facebook deals […]
The rise of tech is currently transforming the labour market, leading to the automation of some jobs and tasks on the one hand and the emergence of new kinds on the other. Proactively preparing for this new reality requires an in-depth, granular understanding of these changes and their impact on jobs and employment. LinkedIn data is able to provide […]
Everyone knows about the ‘gig economy’. In fact, the term is so widely used in the media, it can sometimes seem hard to avoid talking about it. But it is by no means the only form of work among the 4.8 million-strong self-employed community, and not enough is understood about the many other forms of freelance work.
A new report […]
The past two decades have seen a large increase in the number of workers engaged in “atypical” work arrangements. This type of work includes employment like zero-hour contracts (ZHCs), gig work such as driving an uber or taskrabbiting, and various types of other self-employment like freelancing. In the UK, the proportion of solo self-employed (e.g. freelancers, contractors, gig and […]