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27 July 2011
Our recent report Ready to Work? Meeting the Employment and Career Aspirations of People with Multiple Sclerosis challenged the researchers at The Work Foundation to explain such complicated neurological condition as multiple sclerosis (MS) to employers and policy makers. We were surprised to find that understanding MS is often not easy even for people living with the condition.
Lord Jones – the former CBI director and Labour Trade Minister – thinks that children who are struggling at school should be allowed to leave education and ‘earn a few bob’.
25 July 2011
While Whitehall struggles to balance austerity measures alongside growing newspaper scandals, it seems that Scotland is quietly getting on with things. Figures produced over the past few weeks appear to show that the Scottish economy is gradually improving month-on-month, with employment levels having increased by 20,000 between March and May 2011, and the number of unemployed decreasing at a rate seven times that of the rest of the UK. So is there a whiff of a rosy life and malt drifting over the border?
22 July 2011
Earlier this week (20th July), The Work Foundation hosted a roundtable looking at Innovation in Cities: the importance of place. As part of the Cities 2020 research programme, this event precedes the publication of a report on the issue, due for release in the autumn, which seeks to explore how innovation ecosystems can be better supported in UK cities and consequences for policy makers and business.
20 July 2011
Yesterday’s (19th July 2011) announcement of the appointment of Greg Clark as the new Minister for Cities is welcomed by The Work Foundation.
18 July 2011
It is with tedious, metronomic regularity that reports about malingering British workers appear in our business pages. Another one has come out this morning. PwC has conducted a survey which claims that a third of workers admit to ‘skiving’ – having time off sick when they were not genuinely ill. Consultancy firms know that journalists love stories about the ‘workshy’, they also know that – in most cases – their press releases will be picked up uncritically. However I have two problems with this one.
Dr Paul Sissons
15 July 2011
The Work Foundation’s mission is all about Good Work. But economic, technological and social change continues to transform the types of jobs we do. These changes in the labour market can influence both our earnings and our ability to progress in work.
13 July 2011
The labour marker recovery still defies dire warnings of an imminent double dip recession...
07 July 2011
The current debate about ‘Top Pay’ in the public sector – most recently prompted by Lord Patten’s Andrew Marr interview and his RTS lecture on ‘toxic’ pay dispersion in the BBC – raises some tricky questions about the role that Non-executive Directors (NEDs) have traditionally played in influencing senior executive remuneration. In fact, it puts me in mind of an old joke:
05 July 2011
Last week Ian Duncan Smith explained to a Spanish audience that British businesses should do more to hire British, rather than foreign workers (as commented on by my colleague Andrew Sissons). Yet today it emerged that the government is failing to direct its own funds towards British firms
04 July 2011
For the last two years The Work Foundation has been providing the secretariat to the Good Work Commission...
Last week, the second phase of our knowledge economy programme launched its final paper, A plan for growth in the knowledge economy, at the Palace of Westminster.
01 July 2011
Yesterday, Iain Duncan Smith was at The Work Foundation explaining his radical plans to tackle long-term unemployment. Today, Iain Duncan Smith is in Spain, and is set to make a far more controversial speech. According to the BBC, The Work and Pensions Secretary will call on British businesses to offer jobs to British workers.