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24 April 2012
Last night (23 April) I attended a pre-election mayoral debate, What About Women? at the British Government @LSE, organised by the Fawcett Society, leading campaigners for equality.
18 April 2012
A recent Daily Mail article announcing the NHS plans to pay £1 for every pound of lost weight to eager volunteers has sparked wide debate about the ethics of monetary incentives for healthy behaviours.
Since its launch in 2002, The Work Foundation has been instrumental in influencing change in all areas of work. With so much happening over the past decade, we wanted to highlight ten of our most impactful programmes of the last ten years:
One feature of recent changes in the labour market is a growth in involuntary part-time and temporary workers, those working on a temporary or part-time basis when they would rather find a permanent job or full-time work.
12 April 2012
This morning’s trade figures appeared to be disappointing reading, with the UK’s deficit on trade in goods and services rising to £3.4bn in February from £2.5bn in January. January’s figure itself was an increase from a previously estimated £1.8bn deficit.
Professor Stephen Bevan
11 April 2012
Ten years ago today The Work Foundation was launched at an event in London’s Docklands. It was a bold and, some thought, foolhardy venture. Picking up the baton from its trusted predecessor, The Industrial Society , was always going to be a daunting task. But I’d argue that the vision for the new organisation set out at the time remains compelling and relevant today.
10 April 2012
Facebook's billion-dollar valuation of Instagram makes the less than two year old startup more valuable than the 161 year old The New York Times Company. Only yesterday it had a closing price on the New York Stock Exchange of $946m...
04 April 2012
Yesterday we witnessed a very public clash between The Guardian’s Tanya Gold and the editor of British Vogue and overall fashion heavyweight, Alexandra Shulman. The Gold vs. Shulman case can be summarised as follows. In an interview with Observer Magazine, Ms Shulman commented that once a woman has a child she will become aware of the significant damage being done to her career trajectory as a result of the time spent away from the labour market. Shulman also remarked that she was all too aware of the differences in terms of pay between men and women doing the same job. Disappointing observations, but so far so true.
Dr Neil Lee
02 April 2012
The government’s Youth Contract goes live today. This is a response to concerns about rising youth unemployment, which reached a million last year. The scheme includes wage incentives of around £2,275 for 18-24 year olds who have been out of work for some time and 250,000 work experience placements. There will be more money to ‘incentivise’ apprenticeships and an additional fund (£126 million) to get teenagers who are NEET into education, employment or training.