The Future of Employment


Thinking Beyond Jobs

There is no longer a default assumption that we can have a job for life, or even for long enough to build traditional careers, and more talented and creative people are turning to portfolio working, freelancing and self-employment for more fulfilling and autonomy. Meanwhile, technology and automation threaten to make various jobs from middle management to taxi drivers obsolete.

What does this mean for organisations, for workers and for society as a whole? Is it realistic to regard anybody without a permanent job as unemployed? How can we support a growing non-working sector and a ballooning old-aged population with a shrinking workforce, and how this impact on the traditional view of work as a duty that is intrinsically good?

Example research briefs

  • Work environment

    How can we create better systems and processes to match passionate people with jobs that need highly motivated and creative workers?

  • Future jobs

    How can organisations design business models for technology products that create new jobs, and not just make them obsolete?

  • Society's role

    How should society support the increasing number of freelancers and workers on zero-hour contracts as well as those without jobs?

  • New life skills

    What general new life skills do people need in order to work with new technology and also to manage a life without the security of permanent employment?