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Ian Brinkley

Ian Brinkley

Chief Economist, The Work Foundation


Telephone: 020 7976 3606

Ian is a Chief Economist at The Work Foundation, having joined The Work Foundation in June 2006. He was formerly Director of the Knowledge Economy Programme and Director of Socio-Economic Programmes. 

Ian's previous appointments include with the Trades Union Congress (1980–2006), where he was Head of the Economic and Social Affairs Department (2004–2006) and its Chief Economist (1996–2006). Prior to 1980, he worked as a researcher at the University of Kent and the Centre for Environmental Studies.

He was a member of the Low Pay Commission, the body that sets the UK’s national minimum wage (NMW), from 2004–2006.

Ian has worked in a wide range of economic and industrial policy and research areas, including: economic policy; public spending and public service reform; labour markets; energy and the environment; and manufacturing policy. He has produced numerous submissions to government and analytical papers.

He regularly provides economic and labour market commentary, interviews and articles for The Work Foundation.

Ian's recent publications as sole author for The Work Foundation include: Defining the Knowledge Economy (2006); Trading in Ideas and Knowledge (2007); Enterprise and the Knowledge Economy (2008); Manufacturing and the Knowledge Economy (2009); Recession and the Knowledge Economy (2009); How Knowledge is Reshaping the Economic Life of Nations (2009); Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (2010); and Knowledge Economy Strategy 2020 (2010).

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The Low Pay Challenge: A provocation paper
This provocation paper is part of the 2015 agenda for Work series and looks at how the UK needs a low pay strategy which moves beyond the National Minimum and Living Wages to one which looks at productivity and improving progression for low paid workers.

Ian Brinkley
17 July 2014

Zero Hour Contracts: response to the BIS consultation
This submission sets out The Work Foundation’s response to the consultation exercise announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in December 2013.

Ian Brinkley
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Autumn Statement 2013 submission
In its submission to the Chancellor ahead of the Autumn Statement, The Work Foundation presented its four-point plan on how to address the UK’s youth unemployment crisis by looking at apprenticeships, careers advice, transport barriers and developing innovative local approaches.

Ian Brinkley and Lizzie Crowley
29 November 2013

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Rebalancing the creative economy
The creative economy in the UK is booming – at least that is what the latest job figures from DCMS seem to be telling us. Between 2011 and 2013 total employment went up by nearly 9 per cent against a national average for all jobs of 2.5 per cent. For those who fear the robots are coming for our jobs there may be some comfort that creativity is still a big source of new employment opportunities.

30 June 2014

The latest quarterly data from the Bell-Blanchflower underemployment index
Ian Brinkley, chief economist at The Work Foundation , comments on the latest Bell - Blanchflower underemployment index which are published quarterly on The Work Foundation website.

27 June 2014

Zero hours- where to now?
The Coalition is currently translating its commitment to ban 'exclusivity' on zero hours contracts into law. Employers who are not prepared to make a commitment to their employees on hours of work will no longer be able to insist they only work for that employer. This seems a sensible measure, though I would expect the number of cases to be small.

25 June 2014

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Comment on the Queen's Speech
The Queen’s Speech announces a number of measures to be wrapped up in a “Small business, Enterprise and Employment” Bill. These are a restatement of general objectives that government policies were pursuing anyway such as improving access to finance and to public procurement contracts for SMEs and regularly reviewing “red tape” so that it can be cut or made effective.

04 June 2014

Comment on the Queen’s Speech 2014
Ian Brinkley, chief economist, comments on today's Queen's speech.

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Jobs rich and productivity poor recovery may not be sustainable
Ian Brinkley, chief economist at The Work Foundation comments on today's GDP figures.

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