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Inquiry into the future world of work 01/11/2016 The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Select Committee last week launched an inquiry into the future world of work

Inquiry into the future world of work

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Select Committee last week launched an inquiry into the future world of work. It will consider the rapidly changing nature of work, and the status and rights of agency workers, the self-employed, and those working in the 'gig economy'.

The inquiry also looks at issues such as low-pay and poor working conditions for people working in these non-traditional employee roles.

“The nature of work is undoubtedly changing,” said Iain Wright, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee. “It will change further with growing use of technology and a spreading of automation across the economy. This might provide flexibility and choice for some people, but unleash insecurity and squeezed working conditions for others. With these economic and technological changes shaking up the world of work, it’s vitally important that workers are protected. In this inquiry we want to hear from all interested parties so that we can help the Government foster a vibrant, dynamic, innovative economy with laws that deliver the benefits of flexibility but which prevent exploitation".

The announcement follows the Committee's recent inquiry into working practices at Sports Direct and the Committee's inquiry on the Digital Economy, which looked at the employment status of workers in the sharing economy.

Written submissions should be made by Monday 19th December.

Further details, including the inquiry’s terms of reference, are available here.

 

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