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    Dream jobs: managers in internationally active firms have higher lifetime wages

Dream jobs: managers in internationally active firms have higher lifetime wages

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 […]

How to unfurlough Britain

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 […]

Managing effective remote teams inclusively

“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, […]

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    How to ‘go virtual’ as efficiently and painlessly as possible

How to ‘go virtual’ as efficiently and painlessly as possible

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 […]

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    Will remote working digital infrastructures become the norm?

Will remote working digital infrastructures become the norm?

Working at one of the world’s leading social sciences universities, we are now taking part ourselves as subjects. A global experiment of communicating almost entirely through the use of digital infrastructures is unfolding. I study the innovation dynamics and impact of digital infrastructures, so the current situation offers an opportunity for reflection.

The late Susan Leigh Star was the founder […]

Remote working: here to stay?

Before the pandemic, the evidence on remote working was that as long as the job is suitable for performing from home, most people are more productive when homeworking, but productivity is strongly subject to the employer policies and practices. At the same time, homeworking can save a business thousands of pounds a month per employee in office and other […]

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    In the blink of an eye, we found ourselves all working from home

In the blink of an eye, we found ourselves all working from home

“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 […]

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    The UK has the world’s 9th most resilient labour market, but things are not as rosy as they seem

The UK has the world’s 9th most resilient labour market, but things are not as rosy as they seem

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 […]

Make work fun again

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 […]

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    The gig economy is taking a toll on UK workers’ mental health

The gig economy is taking a toll on UK workers’ mental health

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 […]

January 18th, 2020|Labour|0 Comments|
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    How will the UK tackle its welfare challenge in light of technological unemployment?

How will the UK tackle its welfare challenge in light of technological unemployment?

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 […]

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    How companies organise jobs may go a long way towards alleviating employees’ commuting hell

How companies organise jobs may go a long way towards alleviating employees’ commuting hell

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 […]

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    Hidden in plain sight: the ghost in the automation and future of work debate

Hidden in plain sight: the ghost in the automation and future of work debate

Looking at the big picture it is not easy to pick your way through the media representations of the debate around automation, robots and the future of work. Sources and multiple studies are, in fact, very variable in quality, evidence and rigour. Nevertheless, media narratives seem to polarise around two storylines — hype or fear. “Hype” tells us that […]

Lessons from the uberisation of lawyers in China

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 […]

September 3rd, 2019|Future of Work, Labour|0 Comments|
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    To tackle precarity in the platform economy, shift the narrative

To tackle precarity in the platform economy, shift the narrative

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 […]

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    We are heading towards a skills-based, rather than degree-based labour market

We are heading towards a skills-based, rather than degree-based labour market

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 […]

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    Not the gig economy: on the immense value of the growing freelancer ‘project economy’

Not the gig economy: on the immense value of the growing freelancer ‘project economy’

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 […]

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    Workers would give up half their hourly wages in exchange for a steady job

Workers would give up half their hourly wages in exchange for a steady job

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 […]

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    What happens to people’s careers when demand for their occupations declines?

What happens to people’s careers when demand for their occupations declines?

Technological change facilitates long run growth, but labour-replacing technologies are often perceived as a threat to the livelihood of workers. The recent wave of technologies is no longer confined to replacing routine workers such as machine operative and clerical workers: it could well reduce the employment of, among others, drivers, lawyers, and even fashion designers. Since more occupations are […]

The resegregation of the American workplace

The United States struggles with a long history of racial employment segregation. Exclusionary hiring based on race was only banned in 1964; enforcement gained teeth after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) set to work in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We know that segregation in employment declined significantly through the early 1980s. Since then, though, progress seems […]

June 15th, 2019|Labour|0 Comments|