The future of work is digital, but is it for all?
On 7 June we held the Annual Conference of the Future of Work and Inclusive Growth project. Half-way through this three-year project, we invited you to join us in discussing how inclusive the digital future of work will be, as we focused on job quality, digital skills and productivity.
Moving past worries of how many jobs will be left in an AI-automated future, we discussed what kind of jobs this future holds? Low-skilled workers experience much more low-quality work and as new technologies are threatening to exacerbate this inequity, we discussed how to mitigate this risk and ensure better jobs for all workers across the skill spectrum. Closing the digital skills gap is crucial to achieving this inclusive growth and we examined how online data can enable useful foresight about skills requirements and training implications. Finally, digital skills will also be essential in ensuring that expected productivity gains of AI can materialize. We discussed the challenges business face as they adapt their business models and organizational models this new technology.
The conference was held over two days. The first day, 7 June, featured a series of public sessions, which were available to attend on-site or watch online. These public sessions were followed by a closed-door dinner for the speakers and members of the Future of Work and Inclusive Growth Excellence Network. On 8 June the members of the Excellence Network took part in a series of closed door workshops to exchange on the ongoing research.