Good work is…

The growth in the use of zero-hours contracts, the rise of the ‘gig economy’ and the rapid develop of automation has raised questions over the future of work at the centre of the policy agenda. 

The government’s recent review into ‘Modern Employment’ chaired by Matthew Taylor made a series of recommendations designed to underpin ‘good work’ in the face of these challenges. But what does the next generation of workers want to get out of work and employment when they enter the labour market? This is one of the questions that researchers from the People, Organisations and Work (POW) research group (part of iSPER) will be seeking to answer when they visit schools across the South West to discuss the hopes and fears of students.

This work is a precursor to an event organised as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science – to be held on 10 November which will hear from experts from the Involvement and Participation Association (IPA), Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) and which will seek to develop an agenda for ‘good work’ in the South West. 

Professor Richard Saundry who is leading the project said:

"We’re really excited to be invited into our local schools and colleges to hear what young people really think about their future working lives. We are using their views to directly inform the debate we are staging as part of the Festival of Social Science, but also as a starting point for a continuing programme of research in this area."