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This article explores how New Zealand might adapt workplace relations laws to better protect vulnerable workers in the new, 'gig economy.'
This discussion paper argues that public policy should seek to accelerate automation to reap the productivity benefits, while building new institutions to ensure the dividends of technological change are broadly shared.
A key element of this study is quantifying the extent of uncertainty about likely future trends. These uncertainties reflect the challenging task of balancing all the macro trends that might influence the future of work.
This report explores what ‘good work’ means in practice. The findings reveal how economically secure workers are in the United Kingdom and offer greater insight into experiences of work across the labour market.
Analysis shows that workers in the gig economy tend to have lower wages than employees. They also often miss out on a number of other benefits. Further, their classification as independent contractors has implications on their tax status and superannuation. This research note examines how...
The UK is experiencing a boom in microbusinesses and self-employment. Today there are 600,000 more microbusinesses (firms with zero to nine employees) in existence than there were when the recession first began in 2008, and 40 percent more than at the turn of the century....
The UK’s micro business population is booming. Defined as firms with 0-9 employees, there are now 5m such businesses in the UK, up from 3.5m in 2000. In contrast, the populations of all other firm sizes have either increased only marginally or fallen over the...
The debate on zero hours contracts has been contentious and largely driven by the media, but what do we really know about zero hours and other flexible employment? To encourage a more balanced debate, UKCES commissioned a short survey of 2,000 UK workers and hosted...
The gig economy has so far proved hard to define, hard to measure and hard to interpret. Some see it as part of a general shift of work towards less secure and more exploitative employment; others see it as creating a new form of flexible...
At a time when all jobs, whether in a coffee shop or a bank, can seemingly be described as creative, you’d be forgiven for thinking the word had lost all meaning in the labour market. However, this first piece of research from the Creative Industries...