Employment and the Internet
Digital technology is seen as an important driver in the changing structure of employment - not only in the ways in which technology has been integrated into existing organisations and roles, but the ways in which the use of digital technologies have opened up new markets and types of employment, enabling new ways of organising, delivering and rewarding work. At the same time, the use of digital technologies have significantly changed the processes of engaging with the labour market for both traditional and ‘new’ jobs. These developments present a new set of opportunities, or indeed a new set of challenges for those involved in job seeking.
With over 2.5 million people currently unemployed in the UK, including about 20% of young people aged between 16 and 24, we need to find ways to take advantage of digital technologies to create new roles, opportunities and employment possibilities that support greater social and economic engagement. In doing so, we need to be mindful of the new skillsets required by employers and digital entrepreneurs, ensuring we support those most at risk of digital and economic exclusion.
This document provides a baseline of data around employment and digital technology. In doing so it maps emerging employment patterns that may provide opportunities to rethink how we address current levels of unemployment and underemployment. We’re keen to hear how we can respond to the challenges set out in this report and look forward to your comments.