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Ian Brinkley

New figures on Zero Hours Contracts produce more heat than light

Authors: Ian Brinkley

26 February 2015

Another set of statistics from the Office for National Statistics on the number of zero hours contracts has prompted the usual public debate as zero hours contracts continue in their role as symbol of everything that has gone wrong in the UK labour market.

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Professor Geraint Johnes

A bit more evidence on pay below the Living Wage

Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes

23 February 2015

The TUC has released an instructive analysis of low pay by locality, based on data from the House of Commons Library. The findings suggest that in some areas more than half of all employees are being paid less than the Living Wage.

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Poppy Jaman

A story of change: Managing mental health in a time of transformation

Authors: Poppy Jaman

18 February 2015

Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) is a Community Interest Company (CIC) which means it is asset locked and it reinvests its profits back in to the company’s social objective - to increase the mental health literacy of England's population.

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Professor Geraint Johnes

Director's February report

Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes

18 February 2015

One of the major research themes at The Work Foundation in recent years has focused on the issue of youth employment. Three years ago, the numbers of young people (aged under 25) who were unemployed exceeded a million. This was profoundly harmful to the young people directly affected, of course, and moreover it represented a huge wasted resource for the country as a whole.

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Paul Barrett

Developing line managers’ soft skills is the way forward on wellbeing

Authors: Paul Barrett Head of Wellbeing at Bank Workers Charity

10 February 2015

‘If I had money to invest in one thing, it would be line manager training.’ declared Dame Carol Black at the recent HR Directors summit. The previous week Professor Cary Cooper speaking at the “Why Mental Health Matters” Conference described poor line management as the biggest issue that HR Directors face in the UK.

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Professor Geraint Johnes

Young, gifted with underemployment, and black

Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes

04 February 2015

The latest release of underemployment data in the Bell-Blanchflower series has highlighted sharp differentials by age and by ethnicity in workers’ experience in the labour market. These differentials are explored further in the table below, which draws on pooled data from the most recent available four quarters of the Labour Force Survey.

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Professor Geraint Johnes

The latest underemployment statistics from Bell Blanchflower

Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes

04 February 2015

Professor Geraint Johnes, director of The Work Foundation, comments on the latest Bell Blanchflower underemployment statistics.

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Dr Zofia Bajorek

IBD at work: The employer’s perspective

Authors: Dr Zofia Bajorek

03 February 2015

When discussing the management of long-term conditions in the workplace, employers can come in for a rough time, with the perception that they are not doing enough to help employees with long-term conditions at work.

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Carol Sheriff

Fluctuating health conditions – what does this mean for small business owners?

Authors: Carol Sheriff director of Wilson Sherriff Ltd

22 January 2015

I have to confess that until last December when I joined a roundtable hosted by The Work Foundation’s Health at Work Policy Unit, I didn’t know what ‘fluctuating health conditions’ were, much less that I have at least one such condition and, within the small business I run, we have more than 10 years’ experience of helping individuals manage such conditions.

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Professor Dame Carol Black DBE MD FRCP MACP FMedSci

Fluctuating conditions, fluctuating support?

Authors: Professor Dame Carol Black DBE MD FRCP MACP FMedSci

22 January 2015

It is estimated that by 2030, four out of ten working age people will have at least one chronic health condition, and some will have several. In many of them the symptoms will fluctuate, often unpredictably. This can present a challenge both to them and to their employers.

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Karen Steadman

Are we really doing enough to help those most at risk of falling out of the labour market to stay in work?

Authors: Karen Steadman

22 January 2015

Despite a number of advances in the way we are helping those with chronic and fluctuating conditions to stay in work, such as reforms to access to work, the introduction of the right to request flexible working and DWP’s latest initiative, Fit for Work , we have to ask ourselves – are we really doing enough to help those most at risk of falling out of the labour market to stay in work?

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Ian Brinkley

Do we have an hourglass labour market?

Authors: Ian Brinkley

21 January 2015

A recent paper published by Centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) at Oxford University suggests that the UK has had an hour-glass labour market, with growth at the top and bottom of the labour market...

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Professor Stephen  Bevan

Can mental health be an asset in Europe’s drive for productivity growth?

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan

21 January 2015

It has long been acknowledged that mental illness can have a devastating effect on individuals, families and communities across Europe. In recent years its impact on wider society, on productivity and economic growth have also been more widely recognised. Indeed, the challenges of deteriorating mental health in European countries where the financial crisis and high unemployment have hit hardest are still presenting challenges to policy-makers and healthcare professionals.

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Dr Zofia Bajorek

Promoting job and career opportunities for those with IBD

Authors: Dr Zofia Bajorek

21 January 2015

An estimated 300,000 people suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease ( IBD) in the UK. IBD is a fluctuating, chronic, long-term condition where individuals may experience symptoms such as stomach cramps, blood in stools, and an urgency of needing the toilet. The diagnosis of IBD can occur at any time, but IBD is common in an individual’s teens or early twenties, a crucial time when they are moving from education to employment thus having an impact on an individual’s career decisions.

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Professor Geraint Johnes

Director's January report

Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes

20 January 2015

At the start of a new year, we are all tempted to ask the question: what will the next 12 months bring? So let me try and answer this from the point of view of a commentator on the labour market in the UK. It’s an easy question to answer in a single word – uncertainty.

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