DIT Professor Paul Donnelly features on RTE Brainstorm

5 February 2018

Opinion: the start of a new working week is a good time to consider just what the future of work will look like.

Professor Paul Donnelly from DIT College of Business shares his opinion on RTE's Brainstorm in collaboration with Dr. Lucia Garcia-Lorenzo, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, London School of Economics and Political Science; Dr. Lucia Sell-Trujillo, Department of Social Psychology, Universidad de Sevilla and Dr. Miguel Imas, Kingston Business School, Kingston University London. 

With each successive industrial evolution disrupting both the number and nature of jobs, Haldane notes a hollowing out in the pattern of employment. Data tells "a striking and consistent story of mid-skill jobs being lost, counter-balanced by employment gains at the high-skill and, to lesser extent, low-skill segments of the workforce". This "has widened and deepened with each new technological wave".

These shifts have tremendous implications for a society so heavily organised around work (see, for example, books by Frayne and Weeks), with underemployment (under-utilised time and under-utilised skills) an understated and persistent problem across the EU, along with youth un(der)employment also at high levels. With Haldane suggesting that the fourth industrial evolution has the potential to lead to massive unemployment, the future of work looks very problematic with little chance for new job creation at the level of the jobs displaced.

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