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

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July 2019 | 88 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"An excellent summary of why and how we work." People Management magazine

What Do We Know and What Should We Do About The Future of Work? is part of a new book series offering short, up-to-date overviews of key issues often misrepresented or simplified in the mainstream media.

In this book, Professor Melanie Simms analyses ‘What We Know’ about the current state of paid employment in the UK and provides a far-ranging examination of the most pressing issues facing traditional employment, such as:

  • The rise of automation
  • Robotics and artificial intelligence
  • Platform capitalism
  • The Universal Basic Income
  • The challenges of demographic change

The author concludes by suggesting ‘What We Should Do' – identifying four main areas that would have to be strengthened, in order to deliver a society and economy with more and better jobs.

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

Series Editor: Professor Chris Grey, Royal Holloway, University of London


 
1. Introduction
 
2. What Do We Know About Work?
 
3. What Do We Know About the Future of Work?
 
4. What Should We Do About the Future of Work?
 
5. Conclusion

Simms’ intelligent delve into the labour market and its economic effects is an excellent summary of why and how we work. But it also points out some unexpected truths – that most people work in the same way they would have 50 years ago, for example, or that the car wash industry demonstrates automation is far from inevitable.  

People Management magazine

Concise, precise, beautifully designed, illustrated and written. If you want to learn a lot about what matters most, in as short a time as possible, this is the series for you.

Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford

This highly accessible but scholarly series which sees leading social scientists in the UK tackle some of the key issues facing us all today is exactly the sort of publication the Academy of Social Sciences has encouraged over the years. Congratulations to SAGE on bringing it out.

Roger Goodman, Chair, Academy of Social Sciences

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