Deregulation, digitalization and globalisation have given rise to the emergence of more diversified flexible work arrangements and of a rising share of vulnerable workers. The trend towards more flexible work relationships (such as short-term, on-call employment, temporary agency work, solo self-employment or platform work) frequently leads to precarious work. This is characterized by increasing insecurity and unpredictability. Flexible work may also increase the autonomy of workers, lower labour costs for employers, and mean more work opportunities to young workers, and the unemployed and disabled workers.
Under which institutional or organisational circumstances do employers actively engage in promoting labour market participation and decent working conditions for vulnerable workers? Which distinctions are made between workers and how do these influence their access to decent work?
We invite Utrecht University scholars to share their understanding of what the future of work might entail for different groups of workers, organisations, legal systems, labour markets, and society as a whole.