The world of work - the heart of our lives and the centre of our Labour identity - is getting ever more complex and uncertain. Complex, because new automated technologies are fusing with the internet, and creating models of work and jobs we haven’t seen before.
Daily we hear stories of machines and systems that can do things we thought only humans could do: driving cars, drafting contracts, even composing music.
It's been called the ‘new industrial revolution’: a new era of rapid technology-driven change, which is transforming our world every day. And it’s uncertain because, although it will create wealth and opportunities for many, it is causing disruption and hardship for some.
The problems of inequality aren’t new, but the solutions will need to be. That's why I've set up an independent commission on the future of work. The idea is to connect different sectors and perspectives and consider emerging work trends. The commission is seeking and generating new evidence from interested parties, and will make achievable recommendations on the most pressing policy challenges next year.
My esteemed co-chair Helen Mountfield QC is a lawyer and mediator specialising in the field of public and employment law. Our other commissioners include Naomi Climer (President of the Institute of Engineering and Technology), Prof Michael Sandel (Harvard University) and Prof Michael Osborne (Dyson Associate Professor in Machine Learning, Oxford University).
If you'd like to hear more on this topic - including work undertaken by the commission and opportunities to get involved and have your say, visit the Future of Work Commission website, or sign-up for updates here.