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100 years of promoting Good Work

By Rebecca Florisson, Policy Advisor The Work Foundation’s centenary celebration this year gave us cause to look back at 100 years of promoting good work. The organisation, and society at large,...

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Prospects for low wage employees under a new Conservative government

By Trinley Walker, Policy Advisor With the dust from the 2019 General Election having now settled, this blog takes stock of the result’s implications for low paid workers, as well as assessing how...

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Culture Change through High Performance Working

By Jabeel Mahmood, Research and Policy Officer Since the economic downturn in 2008, the UK has faced a ‘productivity puzzle’, where productivity has mostly stagnated. There are many different...

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New Work Foundation research identifies critical issues and evidence gaps regarding talent and diversity in the creative industries

By Heather Carey and Melanie Wilkes The Work Foundation is part of an exciting new research consortium, the Policy and Evidence Centre for Creative Industries (PEC). We are leading research within the...

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Taking the long view…. preparing for the future of work in the UK screen industries

Heather Carey

By Heather Carey, Interim Director, Work Foundation In a climate where there is so much focus on the short-term – fluctuations in the financial markets, Brexit, the election – it’s always...

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Beyond Brexit: What are the new Government’s plans for developing skills and embedding good work?

By Melanie Wilkes, Senior Policy Advisor This week has seen plenty of speculation about what the new Government plans for the UK labour market, with rumours of limiting worker rights through the EU...

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A modern Industrial Strategy for the UK – can it deliver?

Lesley Giles, Director

The long awaited industrial strategy paper was launched this month, albeit in the form of a green paper, which is out for consultation until 17th April. On one reading, it doesn’t represent a wholly...

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Health and Wellbeing of Carers

Carolyn Barkin, Director of Delivery at Simplyhealth

Currently in the UK, 3 million1 people combine caring for a loved one with paid work. That’s around one in nine workers in the UK with caring responsibilities; amongst employees 50 and over, it...

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Commentary on the labour market statistics for Sept to Nov 2016

Dr Vincent O'Sullivan, Lecturer in Economics at Lancaster University

The labour market statistics for Sept to Nov 2016 show a fall in unemployment (now 4.8%), but does this figure accurately represent the number of unemployed people in the UK? The latest labour market...

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Fairness and Practicalities

Dr Cathy Garner FSS FRSA, Director of Partnerships

What is fairness? A report published jointly by the Work Foundation and CIPD in 2013 noted that “trying to unravel what fairness is or thinking of ways to better manage it takes us into a...

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