The changing character, places and patterns of work have been the subject of intense policy debate and speculation. Will there be sufficient paid jobs, and will the employment opportunities of the future be radically different from the past?

Some commentators assert that the forces of globalisation, new technologies and the reorganisation of businesses are challenging established patterns of paid work while imposing new burdens on families, individuals and households. Others however see positive benefits in the blurring boundaries between paid work and home life. They argue that new technologies and the changes in work organisation that they engender are giving individuals more scope to exercise discretion over how, when and where paid work is performed.

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Do you agree with the points raised by the ESRC in this report?  Do you think that employment opportunities of the future will really be that radically different to those of the past? Leave your thoughts below.

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