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Ian Brinkley

Productivity and the workplace

Authors: Ian Brinkley Senior Economic Advisor

24 June 2015

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has released an important statement on the role of workplaces in helping address the productivity challenge facing the UK. The UK has for many years had much lower productivity levels than most other G7 OECD economies and this gap has worsened considerably since 2008.

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Ian Brinkley

Labour Market Normality Restored?

Authors: Ian Brinkley Senior Economic Advisor

17 June 2015

The labour market shows no sign of running out of steam. We saw a significant increase in employment comparing the three months to April with the previous three months – up by 114,000 – and almost all of the increase was for permanent full time employee jobs. As a result, the unemployment rate fell from 5.7 to 5.5 per cent, not far above where it was before the recession hit. The employment rate – the share of the working age population in a job - edged up slightly. Overall, it has been an impressive labour market performance since 2010 which not many other OECD economies have been able to match.

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Professor Geraint Johnes

Chancellors are human....

Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes Professor of Economics at Lancaster University

16 June 2015

In the run-up to the recent General Election, the Conservative Party announced that it would legislate to ban increases in income tax, VAT and national insurance over the course of this parliament. The new government is now announcing that it intends also to legislate so that governments, during ‘normal’ times, must balance their budget.

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Ian Brinkley

Why don't British Employers invest in their workforces?

Authors: Ian Brinkley Senior Economic Advisor

16 June 2015

The debate about the causes and consequences of low labour productivity in the UK continue to rumble on. But one underlying cause may be under-investment in skills and a recent academic article shows that employer provided training volumes have declined by between 26 and 44 per cent since the 1990s depending on the survey used.

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Professor Geraint Johnes

Bank of England Inflation report bullish about productivity

Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes Professor of Economics at Lancaster University

16 June 2015

The latest Inflation Report from the Bank of England is notable for a number of reasons. It could be seen as the Bank coming to terms with the reality of the world as we know it in 2015, while still being somewhat starry eyed about the prospects for next year.

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Dr Zofia Bajorek

The high costs of temporary agency staff in the NHS

Authors: Dr Zofia Bajorek Researcher

16 June 2015

The use of temporary agency staff in the NHS is not a new story, but in the last few weeks it has featured in the headlines yet again with Simon Stevens admitting that hospitals are over spending on agency staff and agencies who rip-off NHS Trusts must be targeted.

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Werner Höhl

Some weaknesses of the German vocational rehabilitation system from the practitioner perspective

Authors: Werner Höhl

09 June 2015

Werner Höhl discusses the launch of The Work Foundation's report on Schizophrenia and Employment in Germany and highlights additional ways to improve vocational support in Germany. The text is available in English and German.

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Karen Steadman

Raising expectations - what can we learn from the German employment support system for people with disabilities? Lessons from our two reports

Authors: Karen Steadman

09 June 2015

Employment rates for people diagnosed with schizophrenia are extremely low – at around 8% in the UK – they are among the lowest associated with any health condition. Such data obscures the reality that many people with schizophrenia are...

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Jilly Forster

Work on and live with purpose

Authors: Jilly Forster

26 May 2015

The good news – we’re living longer. The challenge – we haven’t updated the way we think about our working careers and ‘retirement’. You simply can’t finance a 30 year retirement with a 40 year working life. But that’s what it seems we’re trying to do! It’s time to redesign the approach to retirement.

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Karen Steadman

Managing symptoms, managing work: Depression and employment

Authors: Karen Steadman Senior Researcher

21 May 2015

Having depression can be a significant barrier to working. Previous research has highlighted that people with depression (as with other mental health conditions) are more likely to unemployed or workless than the general population. This is despite the fact that many who experience mental health conditions are...

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Dr Max Henderson

Depression and work

Authors: Dr Max Henderson Senior Clinical Lecturer, King's College London

21 May 2015

Familiarity breeds contempt. And if not contempt, then the very definite possibility that nuance and complexity might not be fully grasped... Dr Max Henderson, Senior Clinical Lecturer at King's College London, discusses the impact of the symptoms of depression on employment.

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Dr Zofia Bajorek

World IBD Day and how to raise the awareness of IBD in the workplace

Authors: Dr Zofia Bajorek

19 May 2015

Today is World IBD Day – a day to raise the awareness of IBD and what the implications of having the condition may be. This blog considers the work and career opportunities for those with IBD, drawing on findings from a report released by The Work Foundation in January of this year.

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Jan HutchinsonKaren Steadman

Do a better job with mental health – a joint appeal to the new Government from Centre for Mental Health and The Work Foundation

Authors: Jan Hutchinson, Karen Steadman

11 May 2015

Now the shape of our new political landscape is clear, it’s timely to remember that on one issue politicians of all parties express agreement, that we must improve the appallingly low rate of success so far achieved by Government programmes which are intended to help people with mental health problems back into employment. We call upon the new Government to follow through on its promises to invest in the NHS and create a pathway back to work where health and employment services work together seamlessly and swiftly.

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Victoria Shreeve

A note for the incoming government: Why we need local solutions to local problems to improve workforce health

Authors: Victoria Shreeve

29 April 2015

The call to take a more local approach to issues, allowing local bodies to develop the best solutions for local problems, was a key aspect of the coalition government’s agenda. Now, as this government’s first term draws to a close, we ask, to what extent has this localism agenda worked to improve the health and wellbeing of the working age population? Looking forward to the next government – what could they do differently to encourage local bodies to take more joined-up local action to improve workforce health and wellbeing?

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Ian Brinkley

The party political manifestos and work

Authors: Ian Brinkley

16 April 2015

As the clock ticks down to May 7, the political parties have unveiled their Manifestos. In this blog I focus on what the measures might mean for the world of work drawing on the published manifestos from the Conservative, Labour, and Liberal Democrat (Lib-Dems) political parties.

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