Anyone working in Britain over the past decade would have found it hard to escape the message that working life was undergoing unprecedented upheaval. The full-time job was said to be evaporating as companies sought to free themselves from long-term commitments, while all forms of flexible work—temporary, part-time, or self-employed—were rising rapidly. In 1993, Burton, the clothing chain, said it was cutting 2,000 full-time jobs and creating 3,000 part-time ones. Here was the new world of work.
“Before very long, having a proper job inside an organisation will be a minority occupation,” claimed Charles Handy in The Empty Raincoat (1994).…
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