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Commenting on the latest ONS release of figures on zero hours contracts, Ian Brinkley, chief economist at The Work Foundation, said:
Commenting on today's Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) statistics released by the ONS, Lizzie Crowley, head of youth unemployment programmes at The Work Foundation, said:
Commenting on today's ONS report on sickness absence in the labour market, Karen Steadman said 'Today’s release from the ONS shows no overall change in levels of sickness absence (131 million days) on 2011, but reveals that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) (30.6 million days) and mental health (15.2 million days) continue to be the major causes.'
“Today’s statistics from the ONS show the labour market is continuing to recover strongly. Full-time employment is increasing quickly and unemployment is falling. However, the data also highlights just how tough the labour market is at the margins as the cost of living continues to rise with real wages continuing to fall.
The Work Foundation and Paul Burstow MP comment on the launch of a report published today (10 February) by the OECD, Mental Health and Work – UK, hosted at The Work Foundation. The findings show that mental health costs the UK £70 billion each year (about 4.5% GDP) in lost productivity at work and benefits payments. It includes recommendations for policy makers and employers to better tackle the issue.
Staff who dislike their jobs are 3 times more likely to call in sick, but creating a positive career culture for low wage work could boost productivity and growth by £49 billion. Improving how low wage, low skilled jobs are designed, such as contact centre work, could boost UK productivity. Recent studies show that 80% of the 587,000 new jobs created in the UK are primarily in low wage work.
Ian Brinkley, chief economist at The Work Foundation comments on today's GDP figures.
''Although the labour market recovery is welcome news, we urgently need to see this translate into rising wages and productivity.” Ian Brinkley, chief economist at The Work Foundation comments on today's labour market statistics.
Dr Benjamin Reid comments on today's labour market statistics.
Lancaster University is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Geraint Johnes as the new Director of The Work Foundation as of 1st January 2014.
Responding to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today, Lizzie Crowley, head of youth unemployment programmes at The Work Foundation, said: