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04 October 2010
One of the ‘hot’ issues being debated at the Conservative Party Conference this week is welfare reform....
01 October 2010
The scene was set. A buffet served. The hour nigh. And so it began: The Work Foundation’s first fringe at Labour Party Conference 2010.
21 September 2010
The gig was called 'Where will the jobs come from?'. But when you stage an event at 8 o’clock at night the real question is 'Where will the punters come from?... Fortunately, they came.
15 September 2010
In June we calculated that the private sector would need to generate new jobs at a rate of approximately 1.3% per year if it was going to match the scale of job cuts expected in the public sector...
13 September 2010
The UK must develop a better system for transferring world-class science and technology into commercial enterprises or it risks falling behind many competitor nations...
09 September 2010
The BBC are doing a ‘day of cuts’, and to highlight it they’ve released an index of resilience to economic shocks. The results are familiar: northern cities such as Middlesbrough, and those in the Midlands such as Stoke and Mansfield are vulnerable. Affluent commuter towns near London, such as Elmbridge in Surrey and St Albans have done well.
26 August 2010
As the public sector seeks to make substantial cost savings as part of the government’s austerity drive, the cult of the biscuit, the pot plant and the desk are all at risk in Whitehall.
23 August 2010
HR Review cite a recent report from Ceridian that confidence and trust in employers has been significantly eroded during the recession. The report shows employees have experienced frozen pay (37%), changes to roles as a result of reorganisation (12%), longer working hours (44%) and challenges to work life balance (40%).
18 August 2010
The news that World No 2 golfer Phil Mickelson has been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis brings into sharp relief the importance of the early diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory conditions if people are to stand the best chance of living normal lives and staying in work.
06 August 2010
Last week the DWP released figures about the number of new claimants who have been found fit for work under the new Work Capability Assessment scheme. The assessments place claimants into three groups: support group, work-related activity group and fit for work. Those who are found fit for work are no longer eligible for employment and support allowance.
29 July 2010
By phasing out the Default Retirement Age of 65 the UK is merely addressing the inevitable adjustments to the future experience of work.
28 July 2010
On Wednesday 21 July, I chaired the 4th Annual Relate Lecture given this year by its new President, Professor Cary Cooper of the University of Lancaster....
26 July 2010
Last week I was asked, with Dame Carol Black, to brief the new Health Minister, about progress on the Health and Work agenda......
23 July 2010
Over the next ten years job growth in both the US and UK economies will be driven by an expansion in knowledge intensive services and care related jobs. But there is a striking rise in the predicted number of managerial jobs that will be created in the UK. Given that productivity in the US is 22% higher than the UK , this begs the question - what are all these managers doing?
15 July 2010
An article in the 8 July issue of The Economist highlights the increased focus employers are paying to the psychological wellbeing of workers.