Work is gathering pace for ReWAGELink opens in a new window, the Renewing Work Advisory Group of Experts think-tank, co-chaired by Warwick and Leeds universities. Funding has been secured from the University of Warwick Policy Support Fund to support two new projects.
There are now nine active sub-groups working on papers for publication – some due in the next few weeks. The Levelling Up and Flexible Working sub-groups have already delivered their outputs but are ready to reform should there be further need for their expertise.
We will cover differences in graduate career progress and the impact of Covid-19 according to degree subject studied, occupation and sector of employment. The experiences of this sample, as in the workforce more widely, reveals a persistent and increasing gender pay gap, despite equal opportunities legislation and organisational policies – and the wide range of their earnings gives some indication of where and why this gap is most persistent. Working from home was empowering for some, and highly stressful for others. What are the changed patterns of working that developed because of Covid restrictions, how likely are these to persist and who will benefit.
Digit Debates: Is AI taking our jobs? Lessons from a survey of UK business leaders
Developments in digitalisation, big data, computational power and machine learning mean that computers using AI can perform an increasing range of tasks previously thought to be the exclusive domain of humans. Up to now, research has attempted to answer this question in one of two ways, by either:
predicting the occupations and jobs at risk of automation based on assessment of the capabilities of AI and related technology, or
measuring the firm-level effects on jobs of recent investments in automation technology more broadly.
This debate aims to contribute to these debates by reporting on findings from a survey of business leaders looking at recent investments in new technology and specifically AI. The findings suggest that while the introduction of AI-enabled technology is more likely than other new technology to be associated with job destruction, job creation is just as likely to be reported. We will discuss the limitations and potential value of this methodology and suggest future directions for research on the topic.
Professor Chris Warhurst on BBC Radio 4
Chris WarhurstLink opens in a new window talked about the social construction of skilled and unskilled work on BBC Radio 4's Thinking AllowedLink opens in a new window programme with presenter Laurie Taylor and fellow guest, Natasha Iskander of New York University. Chris argues that 'skilled and unskilled work are not objective categories, rather, skill has a complex history, one which has favoured male workers.
Natasha Iskander's study of migrant workers in Qatar’s construction industry in the lead-up to the 2022 World Cup, demonstrates that the distinction between the “skilled” and “unskilled” is used to limit freedom and personhood.
Warhurst, C., Tilly, C. and Gatta, M. (2017) 'A New Social Construction of Skill' in Buchanan, J., Finegold, D., Mayhew, K. and Warhurst, C. (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Skills and Training. Oxford University Press.