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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Future of work

Time: 2pm to 3:30pm

From robots to the four-day week and working from home, the world of work is changing fast. Join us to discover what lies ahead.


The world of work is due to change radically over the next ten years. Up to 50% of jobs may be automated out of existence, climate change will challenge the way we work and the jobs we do, and the rising pension age will mean we’re all working for longer. Working from home has become the norm for many people during the COVID-19 pandemic, so what further changes can we expect?

Will a four-day week become the standard? What jobs do we want to do when we’re 67 years old? And is universal basic income the way to make our working lives more meaningful? This panel discussion will explore the big trends in the workplace and what they mean for us all.

Chaired by the Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, this panel includes: 

  • Russell Gunson, Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) Scotland
  • Jane van Zyl, Chief Executive, Working Families
  • Lawrence Jeff Johnson, International Labour Organization
  • Roz Foyer, General Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) 

The event is run in partnership with the International Labour Organization.

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