Chapter 02 – The future of work

There is no doubt that the future of work is being radically redefined. Technology has already made enormous changes to the way in which people go about their working lives. Many current jobs could not have existed 20, 30 or 40 years ago.

Given that new technology is driving these changes, and that the capacity of information technology is always improving, we can expect that the rate of acceleration for change in the workplace will continue and probably increase.

This means that the future of work is impossible to predict with any certainty. We need to be wary of anyone claiming precision when it comes to such predictions. The material below represents various intelligent analyses about the future of work that avoid the temptation to become too predictive.

Ryan Avent – The future of work

Ryan Avent is a journalist with the Economist magazine. He has made a particular study of the future of work and what can be learned about this future from current trends.

You can view a video of Avent’s thoughts here:

Alternatively, please click here to read an article presenting Avent’s thoughts.

Avent’s latest book, The Wealth of Humans, is well worth the read. 

Daniel Susskind – the future of the professions (aka ‘the future of white collar work’)

Daniel Susskind is an economist from Balliol College, Oxford University. He and his father Richard co-authored ‘The Future of the Professions’ (once again, well worth the read). Susskind also presented at the FPA conference in Hobart in November 2017. (Of course, he did this using technology: he appeared via video link! Perhaps the next book will be ‘The Future of Airlines and Hotel Conference Accommodation.’) 

His thoughts about the future of the professions are worth listening to. In particular, he talks about how changing technology will change the nature of the problems that clients bring to a professional. You can view a video of Susskind’s thoughts here (this video discusses accounting, but financial advising is not greatly different to accounting):

Alternatively, please click here to read an article about Susskind’s thoughts on the future of the professions.

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