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Future of work

The future of work is changing. Technology is powering a growth in flexible work across the economy, whilst emerging technologies such as robotics and AI are set to become common place. techUK believes the UK must consider the implications of digital transformation in the world of work now, equipping people and businesses across the country with the skills and conditions needed to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the 4IR.

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Preparing the UK for the future of work

techUK has set out five key recommendations for government to prepare the UK for the future of work and provide businesses and individuals with the skills and conditions they need to thrive in the digital economy.

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techUK is excited to launch the Exploring the Future of Work Series, a programme of events and networking sessions exploring what we consider to be some of the biggest future of work questions facing us today. 

Right now, tech businesses are facing ever growing digital skills shortages and talent concerns. As new technologies continue to become more widely adopted, the nature of work will change, and whole new industries and roles will be created. How we enable companies to take advantage of these opportunities and prepare workforces to adapt to these changes are critical policy discussions.

The pandemic has shifted employee expectations around work-life balance and wellbeing, and hastened the adoption of digital technologies as businesses adapt to remain competitive and attract the talent they need. Many tech companies have already adopted hybrid working models, the gig economy and flexible forms of work are growing as an alternative to traditional employment models, and technologies such as AI, data analytics and cloud computing are being increasingly adopted by businesses and other organisations to improve workplace productivity.

The future of work is emerging now, but the benefits of workplace innovation can only be fully realised if businesses and individuals across all sections of the economy and society are empowered with the skills and conditions to thrive in the technology-enabled future of work.

techUK understands that these are not questions that should be answered in a vacuum and we will be joined by speakers from across industry, government, labour organisations, academia, and civil society to discuss what the UK's vision for the future of work should look like and what steps must be taken to deliver it.

You can find the upcoming programme of our events below. Keep your eyes peeled for more events as they are announced and join the conversation by using the hashtag #WorkplaceInnovation across social media.

Upcoming events

Is the 4 day week the future of work? | 22 February 2023

In 2022, 70 UK companies took part in a 4 day week trial and many of these companies are now opting to maintain this working arrangement permanently. Join as we explore the opportunities, challenges, and implications of a shorter working week for the future world of work, and what role technology can play in realising the benefits of a 4-day week.

Global perspectives on the future of work | 28 March 2023

Technology is transforming the world of work but its impact is likely to vary in different countries and regions based on the particular strengths of their economies and stages of development. Join us as explore how the future of work is emerging across the globe and the opportunities and challenges of the 4IR in different economies.

More details and further sessions will be announced over the coming weeks and months, please check back for more information.

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How can we skill tech to reach net zero goals?

Catch up with all of the key insights from techUK's London Tech Week event on the topic of green skills.

Event round-up: How is cloud powering the future of work?

techUK hosted a webinar as part of Cloud Week and our Exploring the Future of Work Series, exploring how cloud is changing the workforce needs of organisations.

Watch on-demand: Lessons on the rise of the gig economy

This panel session explored the rise of the gig economy and its implications for the future workforce, as part of our Exploring the Future of Work Series.

Get involved in the Exploring the Future of Work series!

Are you interested in our future of work activity? Why not reach out and discover opportunities to get involved? Get in touch with the team to find out more.

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techUK gives evidence to the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee on post-pandemic economic growth for UK labour markets

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has been examining how artificial intelligence and technology is changing the workplace and what this means for the UK workforce. techUK has provided written evidence and Neil Ross, Associate Director of Policy, gave oral evidence to the inquiry.

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Latest news & insights

Preparing for change: How tech parents view education and the future of work

techUK surveyed parents working in tech to find out what they thought the future of work held for their children and how well our education system was preparing them for the jobs and labour market of tomorrow. Tech parents are confident that their children will have good opportunities for interesting and rewarding work as the economy becomes ever more digital, but they are also very clear that having the right skills will be key. Education policy and lifelong learning provision needs to meet the needs of a fast-moving, fast-changing labour market that ensures opportunities for all.

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UCL Disruptive Voices podcast - AI and the Future of Work

UCL · Disruptive Voices - AI and the Future of Work

In this series from UCL, guests share their innovative solutions and ideas for addressing societal challenges, discussing topics from a cross-disciplinary perspective and inspiring and encouraging us to think differently about issues of local, national, and global concern.

This podcast features Professor Rose Luckin, UCL Institute of Education and Nimmi Patel, Policy Manager - Skills, Talent & Diversity at techUK discussing what AI developments could mean for the future of work in the UK and globally, and how we need to redefine our understanding of good work to harness AI’s potential for positive change. Presented by Dr James Paskins.

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Mobilise - Transforming Transport Through Tech | 29 March | Free for techUK members

Mobilise is techUK’s flagship future of transport and mobility conference. This year, it will bring together public and private sector leaders to discuss how we can deliver long-term multi-stakeholder projects that harness the power of technology within transport.

This conference is for public sector leaders in transport and infrastructure using technology to improve services, including infrastructure managers, local authorities and government departments. The event is also especially relevant to technology suppliers with products, services and solutions in transport, as well as mobility operators and logistics companies.