What can we do to create a fair workplace for all generations?

12 October 2018

The Select Committee on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision continues its focus on fairness in the workplace and labour market with evidence from the TUC, the FSB, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Timewise, an organisation that promotes flexible working. The Committee is exploring how changes in the workplace and working conditions can improve intergenerational fairness.


Tuesday 16 October in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 11.40am

  • Ian Brinkley, Acting Chief Economist, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Emma Stewart MBE, CEO and Co-Founder, Timewise
  • Professor Athina Vlachantoni, Professor of Gerontology and Social Policy, University of Southampton

At 12.30pm

  • Kate Bell, Head of Economic and Social Affairs Department, Trades Union Congress
  • Lina Bourden, Chair, Diversity Policy Unit, FSB

Areas of discussion

In the first session the Committee explores how employment conditions have changed in recent decades, whether people now expect greater flexibility from their employers and how this differs between different age cohorts. The session also looks at how far the growth of zero-hours contracts and the gig economy is driven by employees desiring greater flexibility or by employers seeking to maximise profits.

The second session, as well as looking at issues around flexibility, focuses on whether employers are providing enough in-work training, particularly at the beginning of their careers and how workplace progression can be encouraged. The Committee also asks the witnesses about the impact of age discrimination on achieving longer working lives.

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