The House of Commons Library has issued a new briefing note for Members of Parliament on the Future of Work in advance of a Westminster Hall debate on 19th November 2020.
The brief notes the wide implications of automation, citing IFOW’s definition and approach:
"In a recent report on Covid-19 and the future of work, the Institute for the Future of Work (IFOW) describes automation in the following terms:
Automation is the buzzword which frames most thinking and public dialogue about the use of technology and the future of work. Automation tends to be associated with the physical, mechanical, or computational displacement of humans from particular tasks and jobs. At IFOW, we argue that ‘automation’ should be recognised as a far more expansive phenomenon: the integration of technology for a range of uses such as the design, organisation and structure of business models and jobs which shape the lived experience of work and the structure of the economy that provides work. This new definition of ‘automation’ is important because it captures risks to job security and changes to the quality of work which may be exacerbated by responses to Covid-19"
The brief highlights two IFOW reports and recommendations: the Future of Work Commission and Mind The Gap.