Dr John Philpott


John Philpott is a professional economist who, in a career spanning more than 35 years, has focused primarily on labour market issues. He currently runs The Jobs Economist, an independent consultancy specialising in analysis of employment and pay trends and related public policy subjects. He is a regular media commentator, blogger and platform speaker on employment and the workplace.

He began his career in higher education in the early 1980s and then from 1987- 2000 was Director of the Employment Policy Institute (EPI), an independent public policy think-tank. From November 2000 to August 2012 he was Chief Economic Adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

He is a former Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Employment (from 1993-1996) and (in 2007) the House of Lords EU Select Committee. He has also advised numerous other UK and international bodies, including several UK government departments, the United Nations, the European Commission, the IMF, the OECD, the TUC, The Princes Trust, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the IPPR, the Resolution Foundation and the Fabian Society.

He holds a DPhil (Oxford 1984) an Honorary DLitt (University of Westminster) and was from 1998 to 2008 Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Hertfordshire. As well as being an Associate of The Work Foundation he is a Fellow of the RSA, a member of the Society of Business Economists, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Employment Studies.