Brandt School Universität Erfurt

The Future of Work and Opportunities Arising from Non-Traditional Forms of Working Arrangement

Second-year students of the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy engaged in an intensive learning experience during their project group. In the role of consultants, they carried out research for an external client, the Brussels based think tank ECIPE, about the future of work. This topic is highly relevant since the labour market has been and will continue to change at a rapid pace due to automatisation, digitisation and demographic changes. Especially new and emerging technologies play an important role in how individuals will participate in the labour force. Non-traditional forms of work are continuing to increase, and employees, businesses, as well as policy makers must be prepared for the future.

The policy briefs (see files below) point out existing challenges in the European Union when it comes to non-traditional forms of work and offer tailor made, evidence-based policy recommendations. Different dimensions of the future challenges are addressed, ranging from the social security system to a psychological approach concerning risk aversion, to the digital skills gap and finally the 5G technology protocol.

How can the social security system of EU countries be more inclusive towards non-traditional working arrangements? How can entrepreneurship be incentivised among risk-averse individuals? What needs to be done to stop the widening of the digital skills gap and to prepare the labour force for the future? How should governments react to the 2020 implemented 5G protocol?

Those exciting questions, which have a high impact on the way we work in the future, are the main focus of the in-depth analysis.

Find the policy briefs below:

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