Commission into the Future of Work launched

18 May 2014

The Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion is proud to be part of a new Commission into the Future of Work, chaired by the National Union of Students (NUS), which is open until Friday 30 June.

The Commission, chaired by NUS President Toni Pearce, assembles a wide range of experts to consider both written evidence and oral evidence during hearings to be held in the House of Commons on Monday 19 May and Monday 2 June. The submissions will then form the basis of a report, co-authored by NUS and The Work Foundation, to be launched in the autumn, containing official recommendations to the Government, employers, civil society and education sector.

In addition to Dave Simmonds OBE, Chief Executive at Inclusion, the commissioners also include former Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member Professor David Blanchflower, and extends to representatives from the UK Commission on Employment and Skills (UKCES), the TUC, British Chambers of Commerce and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Toni Pearce, NUS President said:

“While previous generations looked on the employment landscape as a land of opportunity, the next generation increasingly looks on as an abyss. It should be a wake up call to politicians and employers that just a quarter of young people are optimistic about the jobs market.”

“We are really excited to be bringing together such a fantastic breadth of commissioners including CESI to consider the action we can take together to improve the prospects of the next generation. Young people are crying out for a new deal for work and our commission will lay the foundations for us to make it a reality.”

Dave Simmonds OBE, Chief Executive of Inclusion said:
“Much remains to be done to reduce youth unemployment. The NUS Commission has an important role in forging new policies and making sure the voice of young people is heard.”

The Commission on the Future of Work follows NUS research on young people’s attitudes to the employment landscape reveals that little more than a quarter (28 per cent) of young people are optimistic about the job market.