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Across the globe, start-ups, trade unions and worker cooperatives are using novel technologies to give people new opportunities for good work.

In the UK, our world-beating tech hubs and regional social enterprises are leading the charge for an inclusive and accessible workplace.

Fears about job insecurity, the undermining of worker’s rights and job loss due automation are not unfounded. However, our Future Work Awards winners show that elements of the modern economy often presented as detrimental to the modern worker can be negated, or better still can be used to provide employees with a level of flexibility and training not previously available.

This year’s Future Work Awards are encouraging people to look past the negative headlines to see potential in the workplace of the 21st century

Ones to watch

We’ve been amazed by the diversity and quality of the organisations we’ve encountered in our year-long search. Alongside our 2018/19 winners, these are our 'ones to watch'.

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  • Skills and training - programmes which equip young people with the skills they need to weather oncoming technological trends, or which help adults to transition into new and growing forms of work
  • Fairer platforms - new platforms of gig economy work that provide people with a fair wage and genuine flexibility, breathing new life into the ideals of the sharing economy
  • Worker voice - new kinds of trade unions, mutuals and cooperatives, which give workers greater influence not only on their own working conditions but on policy at a national level
  • Organisational form - new types of organisation, like B Corps, which through their ownership and governance models are designed to promote more inclusive, fairer approaches to work
  • Diversity and inclusion - programmes that open up good work to people on the margins of the economy, regardless of their age, gender, race, sexuality, location or mental and physical conditions  
  • Economic security - initiatives that help workers to maintain, stabilise and grow their incomes, and which offer important protections such as sick pay, retirement planning, tax planning, credit score management, and maternity/paternity pay
  • Management and HR - innovation that allows employers to bring out the best in their workers, whether through intelligent delegation, flexibile schedules or remote working
  • Tech for good - imaginative uses of artificial intelligence and robotics to augments human labour, allowing jobs to become more creative, satisfying and efficient

Map of Future Work Awards winners 2018/19