Brhmie Balaram, senior researcher, economy, enterprise and manufacturing, RSA, reflects on the findings of the RSA report, Thriving, striving or just about surviving? An independent review of modern working practices published in January 2018.
Kate Elliot, senior ethical researcher, Rathbone Greenbank, explains how the team is continuing its 20-year history of assessing, researching and encouraging improvement in employment practices.
Graham Griffiths, head of partnerships and operations, Living Wage Foundation, explains the importance of companies committing to the living wage. By adopting evolving regional rates, that track and match a continual assessment of workers’ financial commitments and needs.
James Coldwell, investor engagement officer, ShareAction, discusses the Workforce Disclosure Initiative, an investor-backed programme to increase transparency and improve practices in global workforces.
Held at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in London, Rathbone Greenbank’s 21st annual Investor Day brought together speakers and delegates to discuss the complex evolution of working practices and consider how to promote fair, fulfilling employment and gender equality in the modern economy.
Broadly speaking, the gig economy refers to working practices where individuals are paid to complete short-term contracts or single tasks, for example making deliveries, driving passengers, or providing copy-editing services. Individuals are paid per task, or ‘gig’, rather than receiving an hourly wage or fixed salary.
In general terms, a zero-hours contract is a form of employment where the employer is under no obligation to offer work or a guarantee of minimum hours and the individual is under no obligation to accept any work offered.
Our 21st annual Investor Day on 6 June 2018 will explore what constitutes ‘good work’ and the role that companies, policymakers and investors can play in helping to deliver it.