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Professor Stephen  Bevan

Substance Abuse & Obesity – Carrot or Stick?

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan Director of the Health at Work Policy Unit

29 July 2015

Stephen Bevan discusses the announcement of a government Review to examine how to support people with substance abuse or obesity challenges back to work...

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Joanne Sawyer

Older workers with health conditions: supporting people in work and planning for retirement

Authors: Joanne Sawyer Equality and Human Rights Policy Adviser at Age UK

22 July 2015

The UK workforce is ageing. As examined in The Work Foundation report, Living long, working well, being able to work longer is one way for people to ensure that they have a healthier future with adequate income in retirement..... Joanne Sawyer of Age UK discusses how we can better support older workers at work and when planning for retirement.

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Dr Vicki Belt

The OECD Employment Outlook 2015: Tackling the UK’s Progression Problem

Authors: Dr Vicki Belt

20 July 2015

Dr Vicki Belt of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills talks about the OECD's recent Employment Outlook for the UK and discusses ways in which we can tackle the UK's progression problem.

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Ian Brinkley

Why the labour market has stopped growing

Authors: Ian Brinkley Senior Economic Advisor, The Work Foundation

15 July 2015

We have got used to living with the productivity puzzle but the labour market figures released today now add a labour market conundrum. The total number of people in work fell by nearly 70,000 comparing the three months to May 2015 with the previous three months – the first significant dip in the figures since 2010. But why? We would normally associate sharp falls like this with the onset of recession, and there is absolutely no sign of that.

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Ian Brinkley

The OECD Employment Outlook 2015 – Minimum wages and the Budget

Authors: Ian Brinkley Senior Economic Advisor

10 July 2015

Ian Brinkley discusses the implications from Chancellor George Osborne's announcements in the summer Budget 2015 and the conclusions of the OECD's Employment Outlook report launched at The Work Foundation on the 9th July 2015.

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Professor Geraint Johnes

OECD Employment Outlook 2015 and the UK Labour Market

Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes

09 July 2015

Following up on the launch of the OECD Employment Outlook 2015 at The Work Foundation on the 9th July 2015, Professor Geraint Johnes discusses the key headlines.

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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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