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Agenda for Work 2015

The 2015 General Election comes against the backdrop of a wider economic recovery. The Work Foundation will be formulating its 2015 Agenda for Work with a series of provocation papers and events between now and the start of the 2015 General Election campaign period with particular focus on four key areas:

  • Low pay –  launched in July 2014 - focussed on the debate around the role of the National Minimum Wage, the Low Pay Commission and the merits of the Living Wage. We set out a series of recommendations on a future strategy to tackle low pay, including helping increase productivity in the low pay sectors.

  • Insecurity at work – will focus on the debate around increasing insecurity in the labour market and the relative importance of a-typical work contracts. Our current position on zero-hours contracts will be given a wider contextualised analysis on what ‘ good work’ looks like in a secure labour market.

  • Youth unemployment  – will look at our growing body of analysis and evidence developed around our series of Missing Million papers and was summarised in our last Autumn Statement submission. This includes recommendations on apprenticeships, careers guidance and local skills policies and transport barriers for young people.

  • Productivity  – which will focus on the causes and consequences of the 'productivity paradox' and set out some recommendations for how we can sustain productivity growth over the next decade.