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Professor Geraint Johnes

October Director's blog

Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes

14 October 2014

The performance of the UK economy over the last year has been remarkable. Output has increased by over 3 per cent. The unemployment rate, which had previously been stuck at just under 8 per cent for a long time, has fallen dramatically and now stands at 6 per cent. There nevertheless remains a curious sense of unease about the performance of the labour market...

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Jenny North

More than a job – creating career opportunities for young people

Authors: Jenny North

13 October 2014

Our day job at Impetus-PEF is finding, funding and supporting the best organisations getting young people from low income backgrounds to succeed in education and find sustained employment. We know that these outcomes are transformative, if they can be accessed by young people born into poverty.

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Karen Steadman

This World Mental Health Day let's support life

Authors: Karen Steadman

10 October 2014

Many people with schizophrenia will recover and live normal lives. Today is about making sure this happens for more people.

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Katy  Jones

Europe’s Lost Generation: Reflections on the EU Integration Forum

Authors: Katy Jones

09 October 2014

Katy Jones reflects on the 4th Annual EU Integration Forum where policymakers, researchers and social entrepreneurs discussed two key questions about youth unemployment: What measures are needed to tackle this in the EU and who should be doing what?

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Karen Steadman

Steps to reduce waiting times for mental health treatment welcomed – but is it enough?

Authors: Karen Steadman

08 October 2014

Fantastic to see the policy announcement from Nick Clegg this morning that waiting time targets will be set for mental health treatment times. From April 2015, most patients needing talking therapies will be guaranteed the treatment they need with a maximum wait of 18 weeks (and hopefully in as little as six weeks).

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Ian Brinkley

The Rise of the National Minimum Wage

Authors: Ian Brinkley

02 October 2014

The National Minimum Wage has just been increased to £6.50, a 3 per cent increase. But it is where it will go next that is becoming the focus of attention as the Election draws closer

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Professor Geraint Johnes

Migration and the labour market

Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes

30 September 2014

Professor Geraint Johnes analyses the new study out today from CIPD on EU migration and the impact on the UK labour market.

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Professor Cary Cooper

Branson unlimited holiday plan for Virgin blazes trail others should follow

Authors: Professor Cary Cooper

29 September 2014

Professor Cary Cooper discusses the recent announcement by Virgin to introduce and new annual leave policy.

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Lizzie Crowley

The Work Foundation at the Labour Party Fringe

Authors: Lizzie Crowley

25 September 2014

Lizzie Crowley reflects on The Work Foundation's fringe event with Impetus - PEF ‘More than a job’ - creating career opportunities for young people ' which was held on Monday 22 September in Manchester.

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Martyn Sloman

NEETs and Apprenticeships

Authors: Martyn Sloman

23 September 2014

Martyn Sloman offers his personal reflections on the current employment and skills crisis for the under 24s and makes recommendations for change.

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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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