The Future of Work and the Gig Economy

Oct. 3, 2017 12:00 - 14:00

Nowhere is the pace of change being felt more profoundly than in the world of work. With the explosion of self-employment many people are discovering the satisfaction and autonomy of being their own boss, whilst many more are threatened with an insecure and precarious future in the gig economy. So what does this mean for national policy, businesses and workers? How do we adapt to this changing landscape?

According to OECD data from 2015, one in seven workers in the UK, and just over one in ten workers in Japan are self-employed. While most are finding greater autonomy, meaning and satisfaction from their work, many others are experiencing debilitating insecurity and depend on badly paid, poor quality jobs. Overwork and underemployment are both causing a huge loss of creative potential for society.

In July 2017 the UK Government launched the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices at the RSA (Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). Commissioned by Prime Minister Theresa May, the RSA’s Chief Executive, Matthew Taylor, reported on ways to improve modern employment, partly drawing on research the RSA has undertaken on self-employment, the gig economy and entrepreneurship.

“As the world of work changes our practices and laws must also change. Good work is the reflection of good business,” said Theresa May at the launch. The Review provides 50 recommendations to encourage the UK to aspire to all work be fair and decent with scope for fulfilment and development. Ensuring flexibility is a key component of delivering this ambition.

Join us on October 3rd to hear from the RSA’s Director of Economy and Enterprise, Tony Greenham, who leads the RSA’s Future Work Centre on the Review’s findings and the UK’s experience of adopting an entrepreneurial culture and adapting to flexible working. The key question we’ll be answering is what does good flexibility look like and how do we achieve greater flexibility for workers and companies, making sure this is good quality.

Other panelists TBC.

Downloade a free copy of the RSA's report - 'The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices' HERE

About the RSA

The RSA's mission is to enrich society through ideas and action.

We believe that all human beings have creative capacities that, when understood and supported, can be mobilised to deliver a 21st century enlightenment.

We work to bring about the conditions for this change, not just amongst our diverse Fellowship, but also in institutions and communities.

By sharing powerful ideas and carrying out cutting-edge research, we build networks and opportunities for people to collaborate - creating fulfilling lives and a flourishing society.



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