Labour Market Stats March 2017

Professor Geraint Johnes, Director of Research

The latest labour market statistics show a large rise in employment and a fall in unemployment (with the rate down to 4.7%). The big gain has come from full-time self-employment – a rise of some...

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2017 Spring Budget commentary

Professor Geraint Johnes, Director of Research

Productivity is the centrepiece of the Budget, with several specific infrastructure projects being allocated funding from the £23 billion fund previously announced in the Autumn Statement. The new...

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What do we mean by ‘work as a health outcome’?

Karen Steadman, Health, Wellbeing and Work Lead

The quality of work is important. This is as true in terms of productivity and job satisfaction as it is in terms of health. There is a considerable body of research demonstrating how work contributes...

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Social prescribing; can it boost employment chances?

Cicely Dudley, Research and Policy Analyst

There is a growing recognition among UK policymakers that a person’s health is not simply determined by their medical status. Fulfilment of social, emotional and practical needs also play a role in...

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A modern Industrial Strategy for the UK – can it deliver?

Lesley Giles, Director

The long awaited industrial strategy paper was launched this month, albeit in the form of a green paper, which is out for consultation until 17th April. On one reading, it doesn’t represent a wholly...

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Health and Wellbeing of Carers

Carolyn Barkin, Director of Delivery at Simplyhealth

Currently in the UK, 3 million1 people combine caring for a loved one with paid work. That’s around one in nine workers in the UK with caring responsibilities; amongst employees 50 and over, it...

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How do we address the “large and enduring” disability employment gap?

Dr James Chandler, Research and Policy Analyst

The disability employment gap (DEG) is large and enduring. Depending on how you measure it, it ranges between 30 and 40 per cent (around 48% of disabled people are in employment compared to 80% of the...

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Commentary on Labour Market Statistics

Dr Vincent O'Sullivan, Lecturer in Economics at Lancaster University

The unemployment rate, at 4.8%, is now at a very low level compared to the long-term trend. However this figure reflects a narrow definition of unemployment. It is based  the percentage of people of...

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Fairness and Practicalities

Dr Cathy Garner FSS FRSA, Director of Partnerships

What is fairness? A report published jointly by the Work Foundation and CIPD in 2013 noted that “trying to unravel what fairness is or thinking of ways to better manage it takes us into a...

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Complexities and Challenges: Working with multiple health conditions

Helen Sheldon, Researcher

Our Parliamentary launch of this report could hardly have been better timed to inform the Government’s consultation on its Green Paper on Work, Health and Disability.  Hosted by Lord McKenzie of...

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