In these times of political upheaval the RSA's Future of Work Centre has released some new research modeling four 'futures of work' that could exist by 2035.
Rather than focusing purely on the 4th industrial revolution and the impact of technology on job losses, this article talks us through four possible scenarios; Big Tech Economy, Precision Economy, Exodus Economy and the Empathy Economy.
Nicely supplemented with a YouGov survey of MPs and their insights (or not as the case may be!) into who will be the winners and losers once we are firmly in this brave new world. Whatever scenario that ends up being.
This, in part is our next stage of work. For without this coming together, we will not face up to the reality. The only response that matches in breadth and magnitude the many challenges we face is a new social contract – that is, a new settlement between workers, companies and the state – that undergirds the workers of the future, no matter which future is theirs. For when all is said and done, though these futures may inspire worry or even dread, they are far from fatalistic. This is a tale where the bulk is still to be written. We can get this right. Everything is still left to play for: but the preparation must begin, not at the end of this political cycle, but now.