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Eight drivers of change – the future of work

United Kingdom
Written by
Lewis Silkin, widely recognised as the UK’s leading specialist employment law practice.
The last few years have marked a unique period of turbulence and uncertainty. The landscape of the world of work is changing as the world adjusts to the lasting effects of the pandemic alongside longer-term, large-scale drivers of change.

In such a period of rapid and dramatic change, it is more important than ever to keep a weather eye on the longer perspective to ensure that business models and strategies are developed to survive and thrive in an increasingly complex and fast-paced world.

James Davies, partner at our UK law firm, Lewis Silkin, has written a report entitled ‘Eight drivers of change – the future of work’. The report considers:

  • the drivers of change that are collectively propelling change in the world of work at an unprecedented rate
  • the themes emerging from the drivers which are characterising the evolving world of work
  • predictions for the years ahead.


Throughout, the report identifies actions and considerations for employers, government and policymakers.

Part 1 - Drivers of change

Part 1 of the report identifies eight interconnected drivers accelerating unprecedented changes in society and work. This Part 1 of the report also considers how the eight drivers of change will influence the how, how much, what, where, who, when, from where and why of work.

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Part 2 - Emerging themes

Part 2 of this report identifies eight themes arising from the drivers of change which are likely to concern governments developing employment law and policy, employers adapting to the evolving world of work, and individuals pursuing their careers in the changing landscape. This Part 2 also considers the impact of the drivers of change on jobs.

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Part 3 - Predictions

The respected and influential thinker on management Paul Drucker once said: ‘Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out of the back window.’ (That was, of course, in the days before driverless vehicles!).

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James Davies
Partner - United Kingdom
Lewis Silkin