Taylor Review author to explore whether robots are coming for jobs

Matthew Taylor

Automation, digital platforms, and other innovations are set to radically change the workplace. So what is the future of work? Will there be enough jobs to gainfully employ everyone?

Matthew Taylor, the Chief Executive of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA), has just delivered a major UK government review into modern working practices. He will be in Manchester on November 16 to present his perspective on the changing world of work before an audience of leading North West business people and academics. His keynote address will be followed by a panel debate featuring some of the region’s leading thinkers on the issue.

Business advisory group Grant Thornton and Manchester Metropolitan University are issuing an open invitation to the business and civic community in Greater Manchester to become part of the debate and attend this session.  It takes place Thursday November 16, 6pm for 6.30pm. The event finishes at 8pm. It takes place at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, All Saints Campus, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6BH.

Places are limited, so please register by contacting erin.taylor@uk.gt.com

The panellists include:

  • Herb Kim, Thinking Digital
  • Professor Julia Clarke, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
  • Sue Bagguley, Siemens
  • Karen Campbell-Williams, Grant Thornton
  • Adam Butwilowski, CiiVSOFT

Matthew Taylor was commissioned by the Prime Minister in October 2016 to produce the Independent Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy. It was published this summer and considered the implications of new forms of work, driven by digital platforms, for employee rights and responsibilities, employer freedoms and obligations, and our existing regulatory framework surrounding employment.

Matthew has led the RSA since November 2006. During this time the Society has substantially increased its output of research and innovation, has provided new routes to support charitable initiatives of its 28,000 Fellows – including crowd funding – and has developed a global profile as a platform for ideas.  Prior to the appointment to lead the employment review, Matthew was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister. Previous roles include Labour Party Director of Policy and Deputy General Secretary and Chief Executive of the IPPR, the UK’s leading left of centre think tank.

The Future of Work event is the first of a series of public debates curated by Grant Thornton and Manchester Metropolitan University focused on building a Vibrant Economy. Other themes to be explored will include growth, trust and place. Speakers taking part include Sacha Romanovitch, the UK chief executive of Grant Thornton and the Rt. Hon. Lord Peter Mandelson, the Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University.

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