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Authors: Dr Cathy Garner FSS FRSA
22 September 2016
Since Hillary Clinton used the term “gig economy” in July 2015 there have been as many reports as there are definitions to describe what we mean by the term. As our first report “In Search of the Gig Economy” noted, it is important to define what we mean if we are to fully understand the impact of these technology-platform-driven business models and how they impact on labour market participants. For me the most important understanding that we need to grasp is that those who accrue value from such platforms, differentiates them. There is currently a polarised debate about the impact that these disruptive technologies have on those whose services are monetised through them. Principally there is an active debate about whether service providers should be accorded employee status with its accompanying benefits and safeguards or whether, as the platform providers generally argue, that those offering services on their platforms have self-employed status and therefore have no such rights.
Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes
14 September 2016
There have been substantial gains in the numbers of workers in full-time jobs, be they employees or self-employed. Much of this gain comes from a reduction in the number of economically inactive people, a trend that looks set to continue. It is still therefore the case that expansion continues without imposing significant wage pressures.
Authors: Karen Steadman
13 September 2016
The health of the working age population remains a significant and complex challenge. The Work Foundation are working with Public Health England to shine a light on the facts by taking a look at some of the numbers.
Authors: Karen Steadman
09 August 2016
Karen Steadman discusses some recent studies that have appeared in the news and reflects on how the quantity and quality of work can influence the health of workers.
Authors: Dr Zofia Bajorek
27 July 2016
Dr Zofia Bajorek responds to the latest report on mental health from the CIPD
20 July 2016
Statistics released earlier today portray a labour market that is continuing to develop steadily.
Authors: Dr Ala'a Shehabi
19 July 2016
Barely a month has passed since the UK referendum on 24 June 2016, but the dramatic shifts in the political and economic landscape have been immense and as yet, unsettled. We explore the challenges of low pay and inequality highlighted by the Brexit vote
Authors: Lilli Hender
28 June 2016
When it comes to design and working practices, office workers have witnessed more than a few changes in recent years. Lilli Hender, from workplace experts OfficeGenie.co.uk, discusses some of the most popular trends
The months of campaigning are over, and the majority of those voting in the Brexit referendum have determined that the UK should leave the EU. The campaigning period was seen by many to be frustrating, not least because neither side succeeded in engaging fully with the concerns of the other - it became less of a debate than a shouting match.
Authors: Louise Aston
22 June 2016
The Work Foundation is supporting, with Mind, ILM, Maudsley Learning at Work, Mental Health First Aid, the Business in the Community (BITC) survey on mental wellbeing.
15 June 2016
It was a pleasure to take part in a lively debate at the APPG for Skills and Employment when I gave evidence on older workers and the challenges of retention, re-training and re-skilling. With the prediction that there will be 12.5 million job vacancies by 2022 but only some 7 million to fill them, longer working lives will be an increasing feature of the coming years.
Authors: Ian Brinkley
The labour market saw some modest improvement with a slight fall in the unemployment rate comparing the three months to April 2016 with the previous six months. There was also a welcome fall in the unemployment rate among young people.
Authors: Debbie Abrahams MP
13 June 2016
I was delighted to be asked to speak at the launch of the Work Foundation’s new report ‘Is welfare to work, working well? Improving employment rates for people with disabilities and long-term conditions’.
02 June 2016
It seems that growing numbers of people think that robots, AI and other forms of automation will replace humans on such a scale at best will see large scale unemployment or at worst that work will be confined to a minority, requiring radical solutions to avoid social and political disaster. Even the old idea of a universal “basic income” has been dusted off as a solution to the social disruption of the coming machine age.
Authors: Nick Pahl
Nick Pahl, CEO, Society of Occupational Medicine
01 June 2016
A review of the 'Is welfare to work, working well?' report launch.