Front cover of report. It reads "A Better Future for Work: The World after COVID-19"

A better future for work: the world after COVID-19

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 is made up of 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 the Institute for the Future of Work, and is 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.

Front cover of report. It reads "A Better Future for Work: The World after COVID-19"
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