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Following our ruminations last month about pay increases we are pleased to say the UK’s economy has listened to us: wages have risen in real terms for the first time in years 🍾. But does this boost to pay-packets mean we’re better off as a society? The premise of David Graeber’s new book Bullshit Jobs: A Theory (that socially useless and boring jobs are on an inexorable rise) has caused quite a splash. Luckily the Economist believe the book’s conclusions take after its title…
What trends should define our future workplace then? In this long read Debra Howcroft and Jill Rubery suggest gender equality. Sounds like a good starter for 10 to us. This excellent piece by Moira Weigel explores how the internet is already “feminizing” the media industry.
As both sides of the Universal Basic Income (UBI) argument continue to trade jabs, Nature has stepped into the ring to play referee by doing its own mini lit-review of UBI trials around the globe. Its conclusions are unlikely to satisfy either side: we need more trials, and should wait 5-10 years to see their true impacts.
The Better Work Lab have recently started up their weekly newsletter, and if you’re interested in where the labour market is heading we think it’s well worth a read.