Cities are essential centres for work. But work is changing rapidly: while employment is high, jobs for many are insecure gig-economy work with stagnant wages. At the same time, low investment, flat-lining productivity and poor skills are failing to promote growth and provide people with good jobs and good lives. On top of this are fears that the robots will take all the jobs and we’ll lose the middle class. What is the future of work in cities? How can we create well-paid, secure work? What can city leaders do to promote good work? What might the impact be of the much-debated universal basic income? Kate Bell, head of the Economic and Social Affairs Department at the TUC, looks at trends in work in cities; Gavin Kelly (chief executive of the Resolution Trust) looks at the evidence base for the future of work and what cities should focus on (and it’s not the threat of robots); and Anthony Painter, director of the Action and Research Centre, RSA, looks at the potential of a universal basic income and what this might provide for people in cities.
James Bloodworth is no longer able to attend this event.
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