The Future of Work Commission published its first report today at the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
The Commission was established in 2016 to examine the impact of automation on work in the United Kingdom. The Commissioners are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and include Naomi Climer (President of the Institute of Engineering and Technology), Sir Christopher Pissarides (Regius Professor of Economics at LSE and winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for economics) and Michael Sandel (Professor of Government at Harvard University). The Commission is co-chaired by Tom Watson MP and Helen Mountfield QC.
The Report provides a detailed analysis of the current technological, social and economic trends affecting work in Britain. It stresses the risks and opportunities to the UK economy presented by automation, digital computing, ‘the productivity crisis’ and the changing relationship between high and low skilled work. The Report makes a number of concrete policy recommendations, each of which seeks to secure a healthy and vibrant employment sector in the future.
Tim Johnston is a senior analyst to the Independent Commission on the Future of Work. A copy of the Report can be found here.