TRANSFORMATIONS IN WORK CAMPAIGN

The world of work lies at the intersection of many large-scale transformations – the speed and scale of which are unprecedented. From transformations in technology and global value chains, to rising volumes of migration and the largest-ever wave of urbanization, these structural changes will reshape the nature of work for generations to come.


The way these transformations change the world of work depends on how governments, businesses, and civil society respond. That’s why the JustJobs Network has launched this campaign to provide research, insight, and innovative policy solutions on the transformations in work, and help bend the power of these profound changes toward the creation of more and better jobs.

Technology

New Technologies, New Labor Markets, New Challenges

In many regions across the globe, sweeping advancements in technology are stimulating automation and causing job displacement. But if employed in service of furthering human capacity, these transformations in technology can usher in a new epoch of development and dignity for workers everywhere.

What specific changes are underway in the labor market as a result of new technologies, and what range of responses do they demand from government, civil society and the private sector?

Urbanization

Better Cities, Better Jobs, Better Lives

Often celebrated as engines of growth, the vast potential of cities hinges on prudent policies that promote productive employment opportunities. Where cities fail to create good jobs, we witness a ballooning urban underclass stuck in low-paying, low-quality informal jobs.

What kind of policy frameworks can help stimulate job-rich urbanization and ensure that cities are centers of prosperity and not poverty?

Human Mobility

Changing Patterns, Changing Needs, Changing Jobs

Source: metrocosm.com | Net Migration year 2010 - 2015

In 2015, 244 million people lived outside their country of origin. While the majority of migrants cross borders in search of better economic and social opportunities, others are forced to flee crises of conflict and climate change. Mobility within countries is on the rise, too. While migration can be the first step to better opportunities, distress migration caused by economic shocks can also exert pressure on over-saturated labor markets.


What policy initiatives can advance the integration of a diverse pool of workers into the labor markets of destination communities and countries? How can we address the lack of economic opportunity in communities of origin so that migration is a choice and not a compulsion?


Trade

Global Trade, Global Value, Local Jobs

Countries across the globe are evaluating the costs and benefits of international trade. Some countries are rushing into the global marketplace with an ambitious pro-trade approach, while others are retreating in the face of public distrust of open markets. Meanwhile, even the nature of trade is undergoing massive shifts. Eighty percent of the $20 trillion in trade each year takes place in global value chains, with major consequences for employment and working conditions worldwide.

As trade patterns change and labor markets evolve, trade policies must promote inclusive growth, ensuring more people benefit from the expanding economic pie.


What steps can governments, civil society and businesses take so that the benefits of trade are harnessed for shared prosperity?


Climate and Energy

Climate Change, Energy Demand, Green Jobs

Countries across the globe are facing the dual challenge of meeting their growing energy demand and containing the impact of climate change. There is an urgent need to shift the global economy onto a cleaner, more sustainable growth trajectory.


What steps can governments, businesses and civil society take to generate more and better employment, and improve working conditions?