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London Essays – Work

The latest edition of London Essays focuses on the rapid changes taking place in London’s job market, and describes how London’s employers and policy makers should respond.

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The collection brings together a variety of authors from trade unionists, to researchers and architects including Anthony Painter, Director of the Action and Research Centre, David Hills, Architect and Partner at Purcell, and Kathryn Nawrockyi, Gender Equality Director at Business in the Community.

The 11 essays highlight that London’s labour market is undergoing rapid change. Technology and a turbulent political world are key factors driving these changes, which have led to the decline in certain industries and the increased need for others.

But the essays also propose a series of responses to deal with these challenges. Some suggest policies which the government and businesses could implement to deal with the pace of change, including further devolving powers to London.


The full list of contributors include:

  • Ryan Avent, News Editor, The Economist
  • Antonia Bance, Head of Campaigns and Communications, TUC
  • Geraldine Bedell, Editor, London Essays
  • Torsten Bell, Director, Resolution Foundation
  • Julia Bennett, Head of Research and Policy, Crafts Council
  • Peter Cheese, Chief Executive, CIPD
  • Louise Chunn, Founder,
  • David D’Souza, Head of London, CIPD
  • David Hills, Architect and Partner, Purcell
  • Charles Leadbeater, Self-Employed Writer and Advisor
  • Kathryn Nawrockyi, Gender Equality Director, Business in the Community
  • Anthony Painter, Director, Action and Research Centre
  • Ben Rogers, Director, Centre for London
  • Leonora Saunders, Photographer
  • Mark Trent, Graduate and Deliveroo Driver



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