"How to robot-proof your child's career" - Financial Times
"Slim pickings: Without EU laborers, who'll harvest UK fruit?" - Daily Mail
"Tech Is Going to Make the Gig Economy Happen Whether You Want It or Not" - New York Magazine
This year HM Treasury's Annual Labour Markets Conference examines The Future of the Labour Market and will seek to answer questions at the frontier of labour market policy making including:
- What are the near-term prospects for the UK labour Market?
- How will the growth of the Gig Economy shape the relationship between companies and their employees?
- How are migration patterns likely to change and what will be the impact on recruitment?
- Which skills are most robust to technological change?
- Could my new colleague be a robot?
The conference will bring together leading economists, commentators, policymakers and providers, from Whitehall, academia, think tanks and other organisations to discuss the main opportunities and challenges facing a future UK labour market, and potential policy responses.
Keynote presentations will be delivered by:
Paul Johnson: The Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a visiting professor in the Department for Economics at UCL and a member of the committee on climate change, the Banking Standards Boards and the Executive committee of the Royal Economic Committee. He is also a former deputy head of the Government Economic Service.
Professor Diane Coyle OBE: A professor of economics at the University of Manchester and Fellow of the ONS. She is a former Vice-Chair of the BBC Trust and has served on the Competition Commission and Migration Advisory Committee. She is also the author of a number of books including The Weightless World: Strategies for Manging the Digital Economy.
There will also be two expert panel discussions on ‘Technological Change and the Labour Market’ and ‘A Workforce for the 21st Century: Challenges for Skills and Progression’. The speakers will include Torsten Bell (Director, Resolution Foundation), Laura Hinton (Head of People and UK Executive Board member, PwC), Professor Alan Manning (Migration Advisory Committe), Mark Purdy (Chief Economist, Accenture Institute of High Performance), Sarah O'Connor (Employment Editor, Financial Times) and many others.
Further details, including the full programme of speakers, will be provided closer to the date of the Conference.