Guest Blogpost from Richard Lynch: How has work changed in the past 60 years?

There is a lot of talk at present about how life in Britain has changed over the past 60 years – but how has work changed? The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) looked at this recently and, amongst other things, found the following:

  • The working age employment rate for men has fallen from 96% to 75% and has risen from 46% to 66% for women.
  • The proportion of people working part-time has increased from 4% to 25%.
  • The number of people in manufacturing jobs has fallen from 8.7 million to 2.5 million. However, the proportion of people in managerial, professional and technical jobs has risen from 25% to 44%, while the proportion in sales and customer services has risen from 6% to 16%.
  • Trade union membership has fallen from 9.5 million (40% of workers) to 6.5 million (26%), while the number of people in personnel (HR) has risen by 2,000% from 20,000 to 400,000.

One wonders how far the last two statistics go in explaining the many problems facing people at work in Britain today.

Richard Lynch is a Dudden Hill resident. He is a retired Unite the Union official and currently conducts voluntary work on employment rights for the Brent Community Law Centre. He also acts as an accompanying representative for the GMB union.

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