Future of Work

Navigating changes to the workplace, how we work and the world of work in general is one of the most pressing issues of our time. It is clear that whatever the new future of work looks like it needs to be an adaptable one.

With automation and more flexible home working on the rise the skills employers need and demand from the workforce are changing. We are working with business to ensure the leaders of the future develop digital expertise and knowledge to help steer the technological changes happening at speed and direct them responsibly.

Dr Abigail Taylor of the City-Region Economic Development Institute researches the rising importance of digital skills for the workforce of tomorrow in the development of new digital technologies, and new products and services.

Our experts are looking at the future of work and how businesses can act more responsibly in their decision making and actions through a variety of lenses and areas of research such as in the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business where toolkits and guides have been developed to encourage best practice in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Working in Partnership with the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business 2019

Work Inclusivity Research Centre academics based at Birmingham Business School have conducted several research studies during the Covid-19 pandemic on the impact of remote working on employees and worker wellbeing as a result of lockdown restrictions.

Recently, the report titled ‘Working from home during the COVID-19 lockdown: Changing preferences and the future of work’ has been undertaken jointly between the Work Autonomy, Flexibility and Work-Life Balance Project (Kent), and the Equal Parenting Project (Birmingham).

Download the Covid-19 lockdown report

In the 'Working for a responsible future exhibition' Birmingham Business School highlight insights from research that explores promoting wellbeing at work, helping business to become more inclusive and building trust in the workplace. 

Our College of Social Sciences are running an online ESRC Festival of Social Science.


Promoting wellbeing at work


Our research shows that the best way to improve workplace wellbeing is through better job quality. To improve job quality, organisations should focus on flexiblity, pay and other benefits, levels of autonomy, sense of purpose, job security, and working relationships. 

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Centre for Responsible Business

Established in 2017, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business is a strategic initiative from Birmingham Business School in partnership with, and funded by, Lloyds Banking Group. 


Financial Inclusion Monitor


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the British economy has suffered an unprecedented shock.  To some extent, living standards have been protected by equally unprecedented government intervention.  But the future for both the economy as a whole and individual living standards looks very uncertain. The University of Birmingham has been monitoring financial inclusion in Britain since 2013.

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