We continue to write about the Future of Work and Pay through a series of articles.

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T he 2019 Nobel prize for Economics was won by Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer from MIT and Harvard University. The award this year has received even more publicity than usual, not because Duflo is only the second woman in history to have won this prize, but also because of the nature of their […]
F reedom and autonomy rank above job security for independent workers A recent US Bureau of Labour Statistics report showed that 79% of independent contractors prefer their autonomy over a traditional employment contract where someone else tells them what to work on. In the US, around 35% of the working population are independent workers [also called […]
B y 2030, new technology and automation will replace some 20% of existing jobs and impact work activities of another 60%. Many new types of jobs and job contracts will be created as a consequence of automation and changing societal values, such as an increased desire for autonomy and improved work-life balance.  The challenge facing society […]
A re independent workers more or less prone to mental illness? Have you ever felt depressed or anxious? Symptoms of depression may include low mood, poor energy levels, feelings of guilt and poor ‘self-worth’. Anxiety symptoms may be a result of prolonged stress and include feelings of worry, fear, agitation, panic attacks,  inability to concentrate and […]
H ave you heard of Deutsche Bank, an international bank that employs 91,000 employees worldwide and has a market cap of around $16bn, first established in 1870? Of course you have, but have you heard of Adyen, a Dutch based global payments company started in 2006 with 900 employees that currently has a market cap of […]
T oday’s cities are as inefficient as farming was in 1950… In our book ‘Flex or Fail’, we described how technology transformed agriculture in the last century. Fifty percent of the people working in the US were active on the land in 1900. Today, less than 1 percent of the workforce does the same work and […]
P ublished in The Straits Times – Singapore’s leading business newspaper. The world of jobs and pay is changing fast. Technology and automation are key drivers of change but also improvements in healthcare, with subsequent increase in longevity, changes in habits and generational shifts, are transforming labor markets. Future generations will work in positions that do […]
I n our book “Flex or Fail”, we describe how advances in technology and automation are impacting jobs and pay. By 2030, automation will displace around 15% of current workers, and impact work activities of around 60% of peoples jobs. Job losses will disproportionately affect lower paid and younger workers, especially those undertaking routine repetitive tasks. […]

Question to our Readers

C an you think of someone who is an Independent Worker and is ‘living the dream’ (it could be you!)? Please describe how this person lives and what you admire most in their personality (enthusiasm, energy, passion)? Are you close to becoming a person like that? How close are you to autonomy and freedom? Are you […]

Question to our Readers

H ave you recently changed your job position from being employed to being an independent worker? Is becoming self-employed or starting a company an option? If so, what is your motivation? We would welcome your comments on our blog, which is related to the book ‘Flex or Fail’ which we are writing.