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Ian Brinkley

Ian Brinkley

Chief Economist, The Work Foundation

Email: ibrinkley@theworkfoundation.com

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

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
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

Flexibility or insecurity? Exploring the rise in zero hours contracts
Whatever the hard numbers tell us, zero hours contracts (ZHCs) have come to symbolise a wider concern that the labour market is moving towards more contingent, less secure, and more exploitative forms of employment at a time when in many areas jobs are scarce and people have little choice over taking whatever work is available.

Ian Brinkley
28 August 2013

Budget 2013: An assessment from The Work Foundation
A reaction from our experts on different aspects of the 2013 Budget.

Ian Brinkley, Paul Sissons, Hiba Sameen, Neil Lee, Charles Levy, Prateek Sureka and Stephen Bevan
22 March 2013

Autumn Statement Submission
In its submission to the 2012 Autumn Statement, The Work Foundation calls on the Chancellor to make Britain a world leader in new technologies and innovation.

Ian Brinkley, Charles Levy, Hiba Sameen
27 November 2012

Public Loss, Private Gain?
The report looks at the labour market impact and implications of the cuts already planned and implemented in the public service workforce. However, despite the unprecedented scale, pace, and focus of the cuts, a lack of overall workforce planning means the longer term implications for the labour market, women’s employment, regional balance, and the skills of the public sector workforce are almost impossible to predict. In that sense the government is flying blind.

Ian Brinkley
19 October 2012

Making the UK a Global Innovation Hub: How business, finance and an enterprising state can transform the UK
The government must act now to avoid a ‘lost decade of stagnation’. They must adopt a strategy of collaborative, entrepreneurial investment in those areas likely to bring the greatest dividends in growth and jobs.

Prof Birgitte Andersen, Ian Brinkley, Will Hutton
08 September 2011

Related Blogs

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.

Ian Brinkley
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.

Ian Brinkley
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.

Ian Brinkley
25 June 2014

Tough Love? Young people and training allowances
The Labour Party yesterday endorsed a proposal from the IPPR to introduce a training allowance for some young people with less than level 3 qualifications (roughly the equivalent of A-levels). It has been widely reported as an example of “tough love” – yet the proposal deserves more serious consideration

Ian Brinkley
20 June 2014

The recovery and North - South divides
Ian Brinkley looks at the latest labour market statistics in a regional context which highlights a growing divide opening up between a job rich recovery in the South and the rest of the country.

Ian Brinkley
12 June 2014

Home working - more old wine in new bottles?
Ian Brinkley analyses the recent publication of statistics which appear to show that home working is on the rise in the UK.

Ian Brinkley
05 June 2014

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.

Ian Brinkley
04 June 2014

Minimum Wages and the Low Pay Commission
The Labour party has today published a report by Alan Buckle on the future of the Low Pay Commission, the Living Wage, and the National Minimum Wage. The report is part of the Labour Party’s Policy Review. The broad thrust has been endorsed by Mr Milliband, but it is still a little unclear whether all or some of the recommendations will find their way into Labour’s Election manifesto.

Ian Brinkley
19 May 2014

Older women in the labour market
Ian Brinkley, chief economist at The Work Foundation, blogs on the topic of the employment rate of over-50s in the labour market and whether the Government's measures, particularly for the long-term unemployed are having the desired effect.

Ian Brinkley
08 May 2014

Labour Day 2014
On international labour day 2014, Ian Brinkley reflects on how labour and the labour market is fairing and some of the key themes emerging over the next year.

Ian Brinkley
01 May 2014

The Labour Party and zero hours contracts
Press reports say that the Labour Party is proposing to limit the use of zero hours contracts by giving zero hours workers the right to ask for a regular contract with fixed hours after six months with the same employer and an automatic offer of a zero hours contracts after 12 months. However, individuals can opt out of the automatic offer and continue to work zero hours if they wish to.

Ian Brinkley
25 April 2014

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.

Ian Brinkley
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

The Chancellor's full employment challenge
The Chancellor made an important announcement today committing the government to “Full Employment to Britain”. He said that there was no reason why the UK could not have the highest employment rate of the world’s leading economies and to have more people working than the G7 economies. This is a very welcome ambition.

Ian Brinkley
31 March 2014

Building a resilient economy
Ian Brinkley, The Work Foundation's chief economist, writes about how the 2014 Budget will impact upon the 'makers, doers and savers'.

Ian Brinkley
19 March 2014

Zero hours contracts - new figures and a new approach
Ian Brinkley, chief economist at The Work Foundation, blogs on the latest figures on zero hours contracts and on his submission to the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

Ian Brinkley
14 March 2014

The Future of the Minimum Wage
Ian Brinkley, chief economist of The Work Foundation, writes about the future of the minimum wage against the context of the Low Pay Commission's recommendation of a 3% rise.

Ian Brinkley
28 February 2014

Young people face a daunting array of career options
Young people today face a daunting array of options and possibilities where not only do they have to find something they want to do and have some aptitude for, but also think about the costs and whether it will lead to the career they want. Making sure they get the best possible advice in making a fully informed choice – and ensuring good quality non-academic options are also on the table – is essential.

Ian Brinkley
19 February 2014

It's productivity that matters for future living standards
The impressive job figures released on Wednesday had some of their gloss taken off by the measure favoured by the ONS, average weekly earnings. They revealed that regular pay only increased by 0.9%, when comparing the three months running up to November 2013 with the same three months a year ago. With inflation - measured by the Consumer Price Index - increasing by 2% on an annual basis, it was clear that many people in work were experiencing real wage declines.

Ian Brinkley
24 January 2014

Zero hours contracts consultation - a missed opportunity
Just before Christmas, BIS launched the long awaited formal consultation on zero hours contracts. Progress is always welcome, but this is a minimalist response to calls for a more systematic and in depth inquiry advocated by The Work Foundation.

Ian Brinkley
09 January 2014

Zero-hours contracts: myth and reality
Ian Brinkley responds to the CIPD's latest report, Zero-hours contracts: myth and reality.

Ian Brinkley
26 November 2013

Don't mess with the minimum wage
The new rates for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) take effect tomorrow morning (1 October) against calls for much bigger rises in order to offset the fall in real wages, as prices rise faster than earnings.

Ian Brinkley
30 September 2013

Can unemployment fall for the wrong reasons? The exceptional experience of the US
Ian Brinkley, director of The Work Foundation, responds to the latest unemployment figures in the US and asks whether the US might be usefully informed by lessons from the more successful European economies.

Ian Brinkley
19 September 2013

Has the economy turned a corner?
Ian Brinkley comments on the latest labour market statistics released today which should be cause for optimism but against the context of falling real wages and the rise of zero hours contracts, the story is a little more nuanced.

Ian Brinkley
11 September 2013

Is the future of work going to be contingent?
Ian Brinkley's latest blog responds to findings a report 'It’s (almost) all about me' which makes the assertion that many more people will work in non-traditional forms of employment by 2030.

Ian Brinkley
31 July 2013

Employers can do more to help the unemployed – but don’t blame migrants
Ian Brinkley writes on the Skills Minister's suggestion that firms to hire from their local community rather than take on migrants from overseas.

Ian Brinkley
30 July 2013

Underemployment and the productivity paradox
Ian Brinkley comments on the latest unemployment figures and explains how there is more spare capacity in the economy.

Ian Brinkley
26 July 2013

How many on zero hours contracts? Nobody knows
We held a well-attended and lively event on zero hours contracts at The Work Foundation recently with an excellent panel spanning a wide range of views. Yet a remarkable consensus emerged that we badly needed to find out much more about the use of zero hours contracts in practice before policymakers and organisations could take an informed view of whether more regulation was required and what form it should take.

Ian Brinkley
09 July 2013

Why wait to invest?
The government’s infrastructure statement issued this morning sets out some impressive numbers and ambitions for investing in Britain’s infrastructure. As ever, the experts will need days, weeks, and possibly months to work out exactly what is new and what is a re-announcement of existing plans.

Ian Brinkley
27 June 2013

A return of the bonus culture?
View Ian's blog on the latest labour market stats and how the massive rise in bonus payments have distorted the pay statistics.

Ian Brinkley
13 June 2013

Zero hours contracts – nasty, brutish and unfair?
Zero hours contracts have become the most high profile example of what some see as ushering in a new era of even greater job insecurity for some. Though somewhat challenging, we think it is important to find out what is really going on around zero hours contracts and the reasons behind the trends

Ian Brinkley
13 June 2013

Fear at work – why is it worse than it was in the 1980s recession?
The latest findings from the 2012 Skills and Employment Survey on fear at work make sobering reading. In 2012, roughly one in four employees where afraid they might lose their job and become unemployed.

Ian Brinkley
21 May 2013

Underemployment among part-timers – how the UK compares internationally
Ian Brinkley writes on underemployment among part-timers in the UK economy.

Ian Brinkley
15 May 2013

Robots and humans
The Work Foundation 2013 Annual Debate takes a look at the future – are we in danger of being replaced by robots and will artificial enhancement of people’s cognitive abilities and performance start to have a real impact on the workplace?

Ian Brinkley
15 May 2013

Labour Day 2013
A reflection on the current state of the labour market given it's Labour Day today (1 May)

Ian Brinkley
01 May 2013

Why are wages so low?
An analysis of the various factors as to why wages are so low.

Ian Brinkley
18 April 2013

Budget 2013: Wasteful and ineffectual?
the Chancellor missed an important opportunity in his speech to place these initiatives for innovation and industrial strategies at the heart of his growth strategy. Instead, we got another cut in corporation tax.

Ian Brinkley
21 March 2013

Most workplaces weather the economic storm
As the first findings of WERS 2011 are published, we find that most of Britain’s workplaces seem to have weathered the greatest economic shock of the post war period reasonably well.

Ian Brinkley
28 January 2013

No stone unturned
As the Chancellor prepares for the Autumn Statement, he will be trying to respond to the Heseltine Growth Review, No Stone Unturned.

Ian Brinkley
13 November 2012

The UK’s productivity challenge
The new productivity statistics that came out this morning show the UK falling behind some other major economies. Between 2007 and 2011 there was no growth in productivity (measured by GDP per hour worked) in the UK. In contrast, productivity went up by 7 per cent in Japan, 6 per cent in the US, and 3 per cent in Canada.

Ian Brinkley
19 September 2012

TUC can aim for higher pay or to keep as many jobs as possible, but not both
The TUC was yesterday (11 Sept) reported to be moving towards backing co-ordinated industrial action to increase public sector pay. This is of course a perfectly legitimate goal for trade unions to pursue. Trade unions have also committed the TUC to campaign for maximising the number of jobs in the public sector in order to sustain quality public services. These are also legitimate goals. However, these objectives are not, under current circumstances, compatible. Unions can either campaign for higher pay for their members or keep as many of them as possible in jobs in order to preserve services, but not both.

Ian Brinkley
12 September 2012

Jobs growth has been largely based on insecure work and under-employment
Government ministers have reportedly taken the BBC to task for being insufficiently enthusiastic about the employment figures – a charge hard to fathom given current levels of uncertainty about labour market prospects. At the risk of being officially denounced, it is perfectly legitimate to look beneath the totals – good as they are - and suggest things are not quite as robust as the official view suggests.

Ian Brinkley
21 August 2012

Zero hours contracts and the flexible labour market
Recent media interest in zero hours contracts has shed some light into a largely forgotten corner of the UK’s flexible labour market. The zero hour contract, in effect, requires the individual to be available for work, but his or her employer are under no obligation to provide work. Some employers see zero hours contracts as a way of ensuring flexibility and remaining competitive in situations where work fluctuates unexpectedly from day to day or week to week. However, some of those on zero hours contracts see them as exploitative, where they bear all the risk and where the balance of interest lies almost entirely with the employer.

Ian Brinkley
17 August 2012

1980s-style deregulation of the labour market will not help growth or jobs
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill outlined in the Queen’s Speech includes some welcome labour market measures, such as support for more family friendly employment.

Ian Brinkley
09 May 2012

Top Ten at Ten: Celebrating The Work Foundation’s first decade
Since its launch in 2002, The Work Foundation has been instrumental in influencing change in all areas of work. With so much happening over the past decade, we wanted to highlight ten of our most impactful programmes of the last ten years:

Ian Brinkley
18 April 2012

Why are women faring worse in today's labour market?
A major focus for comments on the latest labour market figures was the much bigger rise in unemployment for women compared with men. Of the 28,000 increase in unemployed by the ILO measure, 22,000 were accounted for by women, with the female unemployment rate rising to 7.7 per cent.

Ian Brinkley
16 March 2012

How many people are really available for work?
Yesterday’s unemployment figures made grim reading with 2.7 million unemployed on the international standardised measure used by the International Labour Office (ILO). This includes all those who said they had looked for work in the past 4 weeks and were able to start a job in 2 weeks time.

Ian Brinkley
16 February 2012

Whatever happened to the Knowledge Economy in Europe?
The current focus on the financial crisis across the EU and the various austerity programmes has distracted from the equally important question – where is the growth and jobs to come from over the next decade? There is no long term solution to the private and public debt problems without a credible growth strategy.

Ian Brinkley
10 August 2011

A Two Nation Recovery
The labour marker recovery still defies dire warnings of an imminent double dip recession...

Ian Brinkley
13 July 2011

What an odd jobs recovery
The jobs recovery has been far stronger than expected. Over the past year, total employment has gone up by just over 400,000. Yet for the past six months the official statistics show underlying economic growth was close to zero.

Ian Brinkley
20 June 2011

Heading for a two nation recovery?
The latest labour market statistics show public sector employment falling, but more than offset by private sector job growth....

Ian Brinkley
23 March 2011

OBR Forecasts More Credible – But may still be too optimistic
The new Office for Budget Responsibility economic forecasts published at lunchtime yesterday ( 29 November) show that public sector job cuts will be less severe than first feared. Between the first quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2016 general government

Ian Brinkley
29 November 2010

Welfare Revolution or Evolution?
The recent White Paper setting out the Coalition’s proposals for a Universal Credit has been described as a fundamental reform of the British welfare system. The proposals certainly have some attractions such as simplification and improvementd in work benefits for some people.

Ian Brinkley
24 November 2010

Christmas surge followed by Spring slump?
The CIPD’s latest recruitment survey finds private sector employers reporting a pre-Christmas surge in job creation, while public sector organisations are starting to shed jobs in increasing numbers....

Ian Brinkley
16 November 2010

Will workfare work?
The government’s latest proposals to encourage the unemployed back to work have proved controversial, attracting criticism from the Archbishop of Canterbury and others. What seems to be proposed is that some long term unemployed will be required to perform “voluntary” work if they want to keep their benefits.

Ian Brinkley
09 November 2010

Too many managers, not enough innovators?
Over the next ten years job growth in both the US and UK economies will be driven by an expansion in knowledge intensive services and care related jobs. But there is a striking rise in the predicted number of managerial jobs that will be created in the UK. Given that productivity in the US is 22% higher than the UK , this begs the question - what are all these managers doing?

Ian Brinkley
23 July 2010

A tale of two anglo-saxon economies
Once described as two countries divided by a common language, the US and the UK are typically seen as exemplars of ‘hire and fire’ labour market flexibility in contrast to the ‘sclerotic’ over-regulated labour markets of the rest of Europe.

Ian Brinkley
12 July 2010

Public sector job cuts – the lessons from Canada
The experience of Canada in the 1990s is often cited as an example of how governments can cut large deficits without endangering economic recovery.

Ian Brinkley
25 June 2010

Cutting the public sector
In the run-up to the Budget on 22 June the government has opened up the cuts debate to the general public.

Ian Brinkley
08 June 2010

Related Media Coverage

The Sunday Times quotes The Work Foundation on the subject of self-employment
record 4.5m Britons are now self-employed. Is the army of workers going it alone evidence of a flexible and resurgent economy or of a hidden weakness?

Ian Brinkley
20 April 2014

Related News

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

Ian Brinkley
04 June 2014

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

Ian Brinkley
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.

Ian Brinkley
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

Jobs growth but youth unemployment still high
Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, director at The Work Foundation, said:

Ian Brinkley
14 August 2013

Spending Review 2013

Ian Brinkley
Will Hutton
28 June 2013

Economic reality catches up with labour market as unemployment rises and wage growth stalls
Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, director of The Work Foundation, said: “As we predicted, economic reality has caught up with the labour market. The jobs recovery of 2012 appears to have stalled.

Ian Brinkley
17 April 2013

Budget measures do nothing for UK’s economic prospects
“The Budget measures will have no measurable impact on economic prospects. The priority should have been significant new investment in science, technology and innovation and in measures to address youth unemployment, rather than corporation tax cuts. “The new employment allowance for new hires is likely to be less wasteful than some past schemes, but will only have a limited impact on the labour market.”

Ian Brinkley
20 March 2013

More in work but unemployment remains stubbornly high
Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, director at The Work Foundation, said that more people are in work, but there are clear warning signs that the run of exceptionally good news from the labour market may be coming to an end.

Ian Brinkley
20 March 2013

Divergence of GDP and labour market cannot continue
Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, director at The Work Foundation, said: “These figures are very good indeed – and almost impossible to explain. The economy has been contracting for at least six months according to the official statistics. Yet the private sector is still hiring people in large numbers. Moreover, many of the new jobs are full-time and permanent. If we were just looking at the labour market, we would say the UK is on track for recovery rather than being in the double dip recession shown by the GDP figures.

Ian Brinkley
15 August 2012

Deepening economic slump threatens job market recovery
Commenting on today’s GDP figures, Ian Brinkley, director of The Work Foundation said: “These figures suggest the recent good news on jobs will be short-lived and we can expect unemployment to start to rise again. The government needs a credible plan to give the private sector the confidence to invest and innovate."

Ian Brinkley
25 July 2012

Surprisingly positive numbers as labour market recovery gathers pace
These are welcome but baffling figures. The economy is in recession, public sector jobs are still being shed, and yet some private sector employers are clearly hiring in large numbers.

Ian Brinkley
18 July 2012

Job figures show return of business confidence but underemployment continues to rise
Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley said 'These are surprising but very welcome figures. Claims that further deregulation of the labour market is needed to stimulate job generation look to be unjustified.'

Ian Brinkley
16 May 2012

Budget of wasted opportunity
This was the Budget that could have done much more to set out a growth strategy.

Ian Brinkley
21 March 2012

Overview of The Work Foundation research centres
An overview of The Work Foundation research centres by Ian Brinkley, director of The Work Foundation.

Ian Brinkley
06 January 2012

Unemployment set to rise as jobs recovery comes to a halt
Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, centre director at The Work Foundation, said: “The labour market recovery has come to a shuddering halt. The few new jobs created were largely temporary, and with so few new full-time jobs on offer, there was a big jump in the number of people forced to take part-time work. Even more worryingly, the rise in unemployment measured by the ILO definition was concentrated among some younger age groups. With few signs that the recovery will significantly gather pace over the next six months, the prospects must be for higher unemployment by the end of the year.”

Ian Brinkley
17 August 2011

Two nation labour market recovery continues – but with underlying signs of weakness
Two nation labour market recovery continues – but with underlying signs of weakness.

Ian Brinkley
13 July 2011

Private sector jobs growth strong but still little impact on underlying unemployment
Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, centre director at The Work Foundation, said:

Ian Brinkley
15 June 2011

Comment on the latest ONS labour market statistics
Government intervention essential to curb jobs crisis for young people.

Ian Brinkley
16 February 2011

Comment on the latest ONS labour market statistics
Jobs recovery halts as public sector cuts bite

Ian Brinkley
19 January 2011

Comment on the latest ONS labour market statistics
Weak full-time jobs recovery cause for caution despite growth in part-time work.

Ian Brinkley
17 November 2010

Government acceptance of key recommendation from the Browne Review will boost the knowledge economy
Increasing the cap on tuition fees offers the only viable option for the future funding of higher education...

Ian Brinkley
03 November 2010

Spending review sets some of the right priorities for growth
The Coalition should be commended for protecting the science budget, supporting the low carbon economy and restoring some of the cut-backs in infrastructure investment....

Ian Brinkley
20 October 2010

Browne Review recommendations a step in the right direction for the knowledge economy
The Work Foundation welcomes today’s publication of the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance....

Ian Brinkley
Charles Levy
12 October 2010

Comment on the latest ONS labour market statistics
Rising employment masks weak public sector and growing gender employment gap.

Ian Brinkley
15 September 2010

Comment on the latest ONS labour market statistics
'Jobs figures point to calm before storm' Ian Brinkley, associate director of The Work Foundation said in his comments on today's ONS labour market stats.

Ian Brinkley
16 June 2010