Policy, business models and growth in an evolving technology and skills landscape

Technological innovation is changing the world of work, and it is necessary to rethink the rules that govern labour markets and workplace skills. Advances in automation, digitization, ICT and manufacturing represent enormous opportunities for employers and employees, but require policy-makers and businesses to navigate critical challenges in the form of jobs disruption, skills development, maintaining economic competitiveness and, in the long term, adapting to profound systemic and societal changes already in progress.

Key questions include:

  • Which jobs and industries are likely to see the greatest changes, and what are the implications of this for different economies around the globe?  
  • What skills will future workers require? Where are the greatest skills gaps? What does this mean for education and training priorities across different economies, for both individuals and policy-makers, as means of encouraging job growth?  
  • What are the resulting challenges for defining employer/employee relationships, and what are the most effective regulatory regimes for managing this shift? 
  • How can traditional institutions effectively govern workplaces and workforces that transcend national borders? 
  • How are technological trends changing the way labour markets work? What are the drivers and policy implications of the emerging ‘on-demand’ and ‘gig’ economies? 

This conference will explore technological trends and how they are reshaping the future of work, forecasting key areas of job disruption and evaluating ways in which policy and business leaders can adapt regulatory and economic frameworks in response. In addition, speakers will consider whether adapting existing strategies is sufficient or if a systemic rethinking of the working world, and the rules that govern it, is required. 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mustafa Suleyman, Co-Founder and Head of Applied AI, Google DeepMind
  • Allen Blue, Co-Founder and VP Product Management, LinkedIn
  • Sango Patekile Holomisa, Deputy Labour Minister of South Africa
  • Colin Lecky, Partner, Lewis Silkin LLP
  • Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Plc and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills
  • Andrew Byrne, Head of Policy, UK, Ireland & Nordics, Uber
  • Clodagh O'Reilly, Workforce Science & Analytics Practice Leaders, EMEA, IBM Smarter Workforce
  • James Manyika, Director, McKinsey Global Institute 


Date: 27 June 2016

Time: 9.00am – 18.00pm

Location: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH


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