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Professor Geraint Johnes

September Director's report

Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes

17 September 2014

As recently as two years ago, there were over a million young people, between the ages of 16 and 24, unemployed in the UK. The figure has fallen sharply as the economy has recovered, and the latest figure is just under three quarters of a million. The problem of youth unemployment seems to be receding fast. But the new generation of workers faces a labour market that is changing rapidly, one in which the sources of insecurity are many.

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Professor Geraint Johnes

A recovery that is struggling to sustain itself

Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes

17 September 2014

Professor Geraint Johnes analyses today's ONS labour market statistics.

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Professor Mary  Hamilton

Long-term strategy on adult skills needs political will … and this has been lacking

Authors: Professor Mary Hamilton

16 September 2014

With England once again in the spotlight for having poor adult skills, it’s timely that we have a new report from MPs calling for a campaign to fix the problem. But while there is lots of evidence out there on what needs to be done, there is a lack of real commitment from government on a long-term strategy to address the adult skills gap.

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Victoria Shreeve

Easing the grip on the squeezed middle: supporting line managers in mental health

Authors: Victoria Shreeve

16 September 2014

According to a recent CIPD survey, 50% of all line managers say they feel under excessive pressure at work, with 15% facing this every day and 35% once or twice a week

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Karen Steadman

Is mental health one of the greatest challenges to UK productivity?

Authors: Karen Steadman

10 September 2014

A new report yesterday morning called for action on one of the greatest challenges to productivity in the UK. Costing the UK economy 4.5% of GDP annually, addressing, preventing and managing mental ill health is not just a challenge for the health system, it is a challenge across government, it is a challenge for business, and it is a challenge for us all….

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Professor Geraint Johnes

Education at a glance

Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes

09 September 2014

Professor Geraint Johnes discusses the findings of the OECD annual review of education statistics which was released today ( 9 September).

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Kate Summers

Self-Managing MSDs at Work: The Power of the Personal Account (Part 2)

Authors: Kate Summers

09 September 2014

Today, I am going to discuss another pertinent finding which revolves around the relationship between individuals with MSDs and their line managers.

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Kate Summers

Self-Managing MSDs at Work: The Power of the Personal Account

Authors: Kate Summers

08 September 2014

Work itself should be considered as a form of self-management. This is the central finding of the study that The Work Foundation and Fit for Work UK launched on Friday, titled “Self management of chronic musculoskeletal conditions and employment

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Professor Geraint Johnes

Bridging the skills canyon

Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes Director of The Work Foundation

04 September 2014

Today (4th September) sees the launch of an important new report by the Centre for Cities and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The report concerns the role that cities need to play over the coming years in providing individuals with a route out of low paid employment and into more productive and remunerative work.

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Dr Zofia Bajorek

Out of office etiquette

Authors: Dr Zofia Bajorek

28 August 2014

The effect of smartphones on health and wellbeing has been discussed a lot recently, including how working overtime can negatively affect your health and wellbeing due to the increase in stress and fatigue caused by excessive work.

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Dr Zofia Bajorek

Healthy teachers, higher marks? Establishing a line between teacher health and wellbeing, and student outcomes?

Authors: Dr Zofia Bajorek

22 August 2014

The Work Foundation, in partnership with the Teacher Support Network, has undertaken a literature review focussing on this relationship. From an organisational perspective, employee wellbeing is important for quality, performance and productivity, and is strongly related to work stress and employee absence.

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Ian Brinkley

Piecing together the self-employment puzzle

Authors: Ian Brinkley

21 August 2014

The ONS statistics on self-employment released yesterday tell us a number of important things about the labour market recovery.

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Kelly Matthews

Behind the good news: Young people are still bearing the brunt of unemployment in the UK

Authors: Kelly Matthews PR Manager, Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation

20 August 2014

Last week’s ONS figures showed that unemployment is at a six-year low and the number of young people out of work fell by 102,000 - the largest drop since records began in the early 1990s.

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Professor Stephen  Bevan

Mind the Gap 2

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan

19 August 2014

More than forty years after the Equal Pay Act the gender pay gap for senior women over 40 is now 35%.

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Professor Stephen  Bevan

Mind the Gap

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan

18 August 2014

“For the first time in history officers of a company can become seriously rich without risking any of their own money. Their rewards are so beyond those of ordinary people that they risk being seen as aliens from another galaxy.”

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