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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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Related Reports

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
14 March 2014

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

The Gender Jobs Split: How young men and women experience the labour market
This Touchstone Extra considers how the pathways into work for young people vary by gender.

Ian Brinkley, Katy Jones and Neil Lee
01 November 2013

Related Blogs

Wage growth may be stronger then we think - for some.
The most recent labour market and inflation statistics have taken on a huge symbolic importance because, it is said, real wage growth has resumed for the first time since 2010.

17 April 2014

Self-Employment – Entrepreneurial Dawn Or The End Of Secure Jobs?
Ian Brinkley, a chief economist at The Work Foundation, writes in response to reports highlighting the rise of self-employment and ahead of the latest labour market statistics due out tomorrow.

Ian Brinkley
15 April 2014

What does a "Full Employment" unemployment rate look like?
Ian Brinkley, chief economist at The Work Foundation, responds to the Chancellor's new commitment to move to a rate of full employment.

Ian Brinkley
02 April 2014

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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.

Ann Kharbanda
28 January 2014

Recovery in labour market yet to translate to wage rises and improved productivity
''Although the labour market recovery is welcome news, we urgently need to see this translate into rising wages and productivity.” Ian Brinkley, chief economist at The Work Foundation comments on today's labour market statistics.

Anna Kharbanda
22 January 2014

New report dispels myth that the UK is overinvesting in high level skills
Commenting on the first OECD Survey of Adult Skills, Ian Brinkley, director at The Work Foundation, said: “This is a ground-breaking study that policymakers throughout the UK must take very seriously..."

Ian Brinkley
08 October 2013