Impact of Digitalisation on Work

How digital technologies are changing work and the implications for employers, workers, jobseekers and governments

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In partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions, Leeds University Business School will be holding this internal conference, hearing from a wide range of experts from academia and the public sector to gather insight into the future landscape of the world of work and how we deliver in the future. 

The purpose of this conference is to provide government with a deeper understanding of themes such as the impact of digitalisation on client groups and the impact of technology on workforces; the groups digitalisation may exclude in terms of accessing services and being adaptable to change; digital skills; and governance and policy affecting digitalisation. Additionally, it will give attendees the space and structure to think about what these themes mean for the development of government policy, and we endeavour to open the pathway for future collaboration between academia and the public sector.

The day will comprise short presentations with discussions on the latest work by the University of Leeds and other academic institutions on the impact of digital technologies on the labour market and how the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) can deliver their services. The impact on the DWP is wide-ranging, and we will look at what is happening in other European welfare digital regimes.


Presentation titles include:

Digital adoption and the implications for work in the UK - the macro picture from a survey of employers

Digital worlds of welfare - looking at the impact of technology on welfare systems in a number of European countries

Access to digital tech for those at the low end of the labour market - drawing from evidence of local case studies in Sweden and the UK

Digit adoption and agile and flexible working in the NHS

Migrant labour and online recruitment

A case study of the warehouse sector - looking at employer attempts to engage workers with long-term health issues and unemployment scars and local council attempts to integrate the local workforce


Full programme details to follow in due course…


If you have any questions about this conference, please contact Grace Carter at Leeds University Business School.