Date of release: Monday, March 13, 2017

WERUThe state of the UK labour market in the light of Brexit is the topic of a public seminar at the University of Greenwich.

Three distinguished speakers will examine the current picture and potential trends in the immediate years ahead. The event, organised by the university's Work and Employment Research Unit (WERU), part of its Business School, takes place on Wednesday 29 March.

In particular, the seminar will look critically at the growth of precarious employment and the so-called 'gig' economy, and examine whether this pattern is temporary or set to remain a key feature of post-Brexit Britain.

The speakers are David Freeman (Head of Labour Market and Households at the Office for National Statistics), Professor Alex Bryson (University College London) and Professor Kevin Doogan (University of Bristol).

David Freeman will describe recent trends in the UK labour market. Using a wide range of data, he will analyse trends relating to types of employment, earnings, age and gender breakdowns.

As Professor of Quantitative Social Science, Alex Bryson will ask whether experts can predict what the labour market will look like by 2025. His research focuses on industrial relations, labour economics and programme evaluation.

Kevin Doogan is the Jean Monnet Professor of European Policy Studies at Bristol, and author of New Capitalism? The Transformation of Work. Among other topics, he will reflect on the chequered history of labour market predictions and consider the significance of 'new employer-led modalities', particularly in the rise of zero-hours contracts.

The Future of the Labour Market Post-Brexit takes place between 3pm and 6pm in Room HH012, Hamilton House, 15 Park Vista, Greenwich, London SE10 9LZ.

This is an open seminar and all are welcome. Those attending should contact Professor Geoff White on

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