We are at a critical juncture. Time and again in history, sudden short-term jolts have changed our collective response to slower transformations, shaping their effects on our future. The disruption caused by Covid-19 must be understood in the context of the longer-term structural transformation of work and labour markets driven by technology. Our response to the dynamic interaction between technological transformation and Covid-19 will shape the future of work and our economy for generations.
This report has three parts. Part 1 outlines an aspiration for the purpose and value of good work, informed by the changes wrought by the pandemic. Part 2 situates this aspiration within an analysis of work and labour market trends. Part 3 draws these threads together to outline a vision for how we can build a better future of work and a fairer, more resilient economy.
This report has been written by IFOW based on a literature review and the expert views of the Future of Work Commission shared at an emergency meeting on the 28 May 2020.