The future of work: continuity and change in the 21st century
My research interrogates the changing nature of work and employment, often with a focus on the impact in relation to particular demographic groups.
In July 2015, I presented a paper at the International Labour Organisation conference Developing and Implementing Policies for a Better Future at Work.
In a presentation at the U3A in August 2013 on the Future of Work, I considered some of the trends in employment.
The presentation asks what is changing and what remains the same in relation to work? And what happened to the old utopian ideas about work – with the promise of labour-saving technologies, more leisure time and more control and self determination in relation to work?
To answer these questions, we need to consider the meaning of work across several dimensions – work at its most basic level, but also as employment, jobs, labour and occupation. In considering these dimensions, I conclude that while work is being modified by technologies the most significant changes are occurring in relation to employment as a relationship between employer and employee, and the ways that jobs are being reconstituted to be much more contingent, fragmented, and short term.
View presentation here: Future of Work – and check out related presentation on: Unions of the Future. This presentation for the Australian Services Union National Conference November 2014 considers the implications of the future of work for how unions need to respond.
Post script – 20 February 2014 – Article published in the Conversation
The article explores the implications of online employment agencies in terms of the future of work.
Post script 27 February 2014 – the Australian Financial Review reports on the success of the online agency Freelancer in its debut on the ASX and gives some insights into the nature of the business: We could be as big as Facebook: Freelancer CEO
Post script 13 March 2014 – Response in the Business Review Weekly from co-founder and CEO of Airtasker to my article.
For my article in the series: Labour in vain: casualisation presents a precarious future for workers