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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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Ian Brinkley

Zero hours contracts and the Labour Party - Part 2

Authors: Ian Brinkley

07 April 2015

The announcement last Wednesday by the Labour Party that it will restrict the use of zero hour contracts can be portrayed as an anti business attack on the UK’s flexible labour market and thereby endangering jobs or as an overdue intervention to protect those without bargaining power from exploitative employers that while help improve job security and productivity. As I suggested in my blog of April 2014 when the idea was first floated, the hype on both sides is overdone.

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Karen Steadman

Betting the budget on mental health?

Authors: Karen Steadman

18 March 2015

Sneaking its way onto p60 of the Budget 2015 documents, my colleague alerted me with some excitement to the ‘package of measures to improve employment outcomes for people with mental health conditions’.

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Ian Brinkley

Budget 2015: The employment record - too good to be true?

Authors: Ian Brinkley

18 March 2015

The Chancellor was able to announce a lot of positive news about the economy and the labour market, supported by the latest labour market statistics released this morning. With the employment rate up and the unemployment rate down comparing the three months to January 2015 with the same three months a year ago, the overall picture does indeed look encouraging.

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Professor Geraint Johnes

March Director's report

Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes

17 March 2015

Much of the recent media commentary on technological progress foments fear. Barely a week passes without a new story about robots stealing our jobs. These scaremongering stories miss the point that the nature of the work that we do has always evolved over time - our jobs will not be stolen, but they will inevitably morph.

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Toni Pearce

NUS Future of Work Commission takes the measure of the youth labour market

Authors: Toni Pearce National President of the National Union of Students

16 March 2015

There are many statistics that I have had to repeat all too often and each time they don’t get any less shocking. In the report from the Commission on the Future of Work launched today there is another of these statistics and one that we should all find alarming. Almost 80% of students expect to be in graduate level employment within 6 months of leaving university – and yet the reality is that little more than half are in graduate level employment within 5 years of leaving full-time education.

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Ian Brinkley

Is pay coming out of the deep freeze?

Authors: Ian Brinkley

04 March 2015

The labour market statistics published earlier this month were heavily scrutinised for any signs that growth in pay was strengthening before the General Election...

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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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