Wednesday 29 March 2017
3pm - 6pm

This seminar considers the state of the UK labour market, looking at both the current picture and potential trends towards 2025 in the light of Brexit. In particular the seminar will look critically at the growth of precarious employment and the so-called 'gig' economy and whether this pattern is temporary or set to remain a key feature of post-Brexit Britain.

Speakers include:

  • David Freeman (ONS)
    David will describe and analyse recent trends in the UK Labour Market. Using a wide range of data on the UK Labour Market, David will look at trends shown by the data, particularly during the period following the recent economic downturn. Areas to be covered include types of employment, earnings, age and gender breakdowns. David Freeman is the Head of Labour Market and Households at the Office for National Statistics (ONS). He has worked at ONS since 1998, covering a number of roles in economic statistics.
  • Alex Bryson (University College London and NIESR)
    Alex will discuss some of the important trends in work and the labour market over the last 20 or so years and address the question: can we approximate what the labour market looks like in 2025 by extrapolating from those trends? He will examine the contention - proffered by a few - that the traditional employment relationship underpinning the purchase of labour power in the modern era – the late 19th Century onwards – is coming under increasing strain and is under threat from the 'gig' economy. Alex Bryson is Professor of Quantitative Social Science at the Department of Social Science at UCL ( browse/profile?upi=ABRYS65), and a Research Fellow at NIESR and IZA. His research focuses on industrial relations, labour economics and programme evaluation.
  • Kevin Doogan (University of Bristol)
    Kevin will briefly reflect on the art and the chequered history of labour market prediction. He will then discuss 'the new temporalities' in the organisation of working time, which Jill Rubery and colleagues have highlighted. He will consider the significance of 'new employer-led modalities', particularly in the rise of 'Zero Hours Contracts'. He will argue that there is temporal divergence in labour market patterns with one trend suggesting impermanence and irregularity in employment and another which suggests increasing job stability and rising job tenures. Furthermore he will suggest that these trends are co-divergent and that future prospects will be influenced by the relative strengths of trends towards irregularity and stability. Kevin Doogan is the author of 'New Capitalism? The Transformation of Work'. He is the Jean Monnet Professor of European Policy Studies at the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney and at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

Who is this for?

This is an open seminar and all are invited


Wednesday 29 March 2017


3pm – 6pm


University of Greenwich, Hamilton House, Room HH102


This seminar is free to attend

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