Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

Technological Innovation and the Future of Work in the US and Europe

6 December 2017 - 8:15am to 9:15am

Chatham House, London


John Evans, General-Secretary, Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (1985-2017)



At this event, John Evans will discuss the impact that developments in technology will have on the labour market on both sides of the Atlantic.

Rapid technological transformation is fundamentally changing the number of jobs, nature of work and structure of labour markets. With the ‘gig economy’ - in which non-employees work in short-term assignments -  already upon us, artificial intelligence and robotics will likely drive the next wave of change. What risks and opportunities do these developments present for workers, businesses and governments in the US and Europe? In light of changing work arrangements, how should labour market institutions, for instance employment protection rights and social security systems, be made fit for purpose?

This event is part of the US and Americas Programme ongoing series on Transatlantic Perspectives on Common Economic Challenges. This series examines some of the principal global challenges that we face today and potentially differing perspectives from across Europe and the US.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.