Work... but not as we know it

IES Perspectives on HR 2017

Tamkin P | HR Network Paper 128 | Institute for Employment Studies | Mar 2017

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Penny Tamkin, editor of the IES Perspectives on HR 2017 series of essays, offers her own take on the year ahead, considering the impact of new forms of work and the rise of the Uber and gig economies.

The paper considers both the causes and, in particular, the consequences of this change in the way we work. She cites the surge in rates of self-employment and precarious forms of work, and considers how these developments will have different impacts on different companies, people and sectors.

These workplace developments are discussed in the context of the uncertain political climate that has swept across much of the Western world in the past year and this article hopes to discuss whether those who might lose out as a result of the rise in new precarious forms of work are also those who will be negatively impacted by the political turmoil that has and continues to unfold in the UK, Europe and beyond.

Read the full collection of essays: Darkening skies? IES Perspectives on HR 2017.