The four-day working week: dream or nightmare?

By Stan Siebert, Professor of Labour Economics Department of Management¬† Imagine Joe, a carpenter in a small furniture-making business. Joe is paid by the hour, and often works overtime because he is paying off the mortgage. On top of his basic 38 hours, he puts in about 5 hours a week overtime, at time-and-a-half pay. … Continue reading “The four-day working week: dream or nightmare?”

Automation and labour market creative reconstruction: from virtual teaching assistants to robotic retail assistants

By Professor¬†John Bryson, Professor of Enterprise and Competitiveness Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham Employment is in a continual process of creative reconstruction. Existing jobs are destroyed as innovations in technology and processes reshape the nature of work. On Monday 25 March 2019, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published a report … Continue reading “Automation and labour market creative reconstruction: from virtual teaching assistants to robotic retail assistants”