Cumberland Lodge launched its report on changing working identities in the UK at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster, on 27 November 2019

Published Date: 
Thursday, 28 November 2019
Dr Eva Selenko

The Cumberland Lodge Report, Working Identities, sheds light on the rapidly changing world of work and its wide-ranging impacts on individuals and wider society.

It focuses on how work impacts on peoples' identities and sense of belonging, by addressing five key areas of working life - ‘working-class’ identities, ‘precarious’ work and young people, digital revolutions (including digitalisation and automatisation), meaningless (‘bullshit’) jobs, youth unemployment and worklessness - as well as exploring the impacts of structural discrimination.

The report draws on the collective wisdom and experience of trade union representatives, working rights campaigners, academics, non-governmental organisations, policymakers and community practitioners.

In Part II of the report, we present key themes from the discussions held at Cumberland Lodge in March and July 2019, highlighted risks for the future consideration, and practical recommendations for improving working lives and building more positive identities around work.

Report launch

Working Identities was launched with a panel discussion at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster, on Thursday 28 November, with guest panellists Kate Bell (Trades Union Crongress), Professor Jackie O'Reilly (University of Sussex) and Mark Littlewood (Institute of Economic Affairs).

It is written by Dr Eva Selenko (Loughborough University), who was commissioned to support this 12-month project as a freelance Research Associate.


A digital copy of the full report can be downloaded in pdf format from this webpage.

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Key recommendations, which are expanded on in full within the report, include:

  • Move away from class-based identities in public discourse.
  • Put in place the right legislation and offer more inclusive communities for positive working-identity development in digital workplaces.
  • Create the right opportunities for people who are currently excluded from getting into work.
  • Support workers experiencing changes due to digitalisation and automatisation.
  • Ensure inclusivity at work and beyond, by tackling discrimination through legislation and community structures.
  • Re-think public procurement, digital ownership and taxation, to ensure that profits stay in the local community.