Gender equality in the legal profession

Client: Queen’s Counsel Appointments

In October 2016, the Lord Chancellor, Liz Truss MP, lamented the lack of women in senior position in the legal profession and judiciary.

The Work Foundation are supporting initiatives in this area by working with Queen’s Counsel Appointments to conduct a study to understand the reasons why a lower proportion of women than men apply for appointment to Queen’s Counsel. By interviewing members of the Bar at different stages of their careers, we will seek to identify the drivers of and barriers to making an application. Beyond the primary research, we are engaging with stakeholders across the legal profession to co-create recommendations for action that will be practical and can deliver effective change.

Understanding the supply of and demand for cyber skills in the UK

Client: Department for Culture, Media & Sport

Commissioned by Government (DCMS) and undertaken in partnership with Databuild and Security Lancaster, The Work Foundation has been investigating the supply and demand for cyber-security skills in the UK.

In advance of a comprehensive survey of business by Databuild, to estimate the shortage of those with cyber-security skills, we undertook a consultative process with experts from a range of organisations to meet the challenge of how to survey non-experts on highly technical skills needs. This required understanding of both the technical and generic business languages and the ability to translate this into an accepted and structured typology.

Our report has fed into the National Cyber Security Strategy which was announced by the Chancellor in November 2016.

An audit of the skills challenges facing the UK’s film industries

Client: British Film Institute

The Work Foundation was commissioned by the British Film Institute (BFI) to undertake a comprehensive audit of the skills challenges facing the UK’s film industries. The project sought to understand the current skills gaps in film and adjacent industries and where these gaps are likely to be in the future.

Our team has conducted interviews with specialists and focus groups with representatives of the film workforce to gain an in-depth insight into a number of the core skills issues facing the film industries. The qualitative exploration was supplemented by quantitative analysis of national statistics, administrative and business data, and Higher/Further Education statistics to map provision of skills development activities and conduct a gap analysis. To ensure validity throughout this project a steering group of senior industry stakeholders have provided oversight and expert challenge to the research.

Drawing from the findings of the research, we are co-producing action and investment plans with the BFI to ensure the continued vibrancy of the industry and its contribution to the UK economy.