Policy area: Employment

Reports

Skills matter: shaping a just transition for workers in the energy sector

This report from UK think tank IPPR argues that delivering a just transition must include developing an understanding of future career options for energy sector workers. The transition to a net zero economy is both a necessity and an opportunity for the UK. In this report, we focus on the challenges workers face in the...

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Shifting priorities? Employer responsibility in the third year of the cost of living crisis

This report from UK think tank The Work Foundation looks at how employers are supporting their workers with rising costs. Work Foundation analysis shows that low paid workers are vulnerable to the continued cost of living crisis as only 30% of British firms plan above inflation pay rises this year. Our new report with the...

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Changemakers or troublemakers: what do social care providers think of younger workers?

This report from UK think tank The King's Fund recommends that social care has a wider workforce that includes younger people within it. Social care has a problem with young people. In the overall economy, under-25s make up 11% of the workforce, and in some sectors younger people are the backbone of the workforce (around...

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A review of the economic and social value produced through funding PhD students

This report from UK think tank City-REDI highlights the significant returns for individuals, the Exchequer and university-industry collaborations. This report produced by City-REDI for the National Civic Impact Accelerator explores the extensive impacts of PhD study, from enhancing university operations to spillover benefits for society, industry, and personal development. It emphasises the civic role of...

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Triple dividend

This report from UK think tank Pro Bono Economics looks at how workplace volunteering can make us happier, healthier and more productive. Employers are struggling to find solutions to boost both their employees’ wellbeing and their productivity, as the UK economy fights to pull itself out of the doldrums. Growth is sluggish at best, and...

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London’s living hours landscape: exploring insecure work in the capital

This report from UK think tank The Living Wage Foundation explores the scale of insecure work in London and the experiences of Londoners in insecure jobs. This report explores the scale of insecure work in London, as well as the experiences of Londoners employed in insecure jobs. We consider different aspects of insecure work, such...

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Double jeopardy: insecurity at work and at home

This report from UK think tank the Work Foundation looks at the UK's private rented sector. This report from UK think tanks The Work Foundation looks at the UK's private rented sector. Our analysis shows that 1.4 million UK workers face the ‘double jeopardy’ of insecurity at work and at home as private rents hit...

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When I’m 64: A strategy to tackle poverty before state pension age

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society presents a strategy to tackle poverty before state pension age. People usually associate the years before state pension age with affluence, not poverty. But the UK is facing a hidden poverty crisis among 60 to 65-year-olds. A quarter of people aged 60 to 65 live in...

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Zero choices: Swapping zero-hour contracts for secure, flexible working

This report from UK think tank The Work Foundation investigates the contemporary use of zero-hour contracts in the UK. Analysis by the work foundation has found that a record 1.1 million working age people primarily work under zero-hour contracts, the poster child for insecure work. Our new briefing investigates the contemporary use of zero-hour contracts...

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Pay and Morale Survey 2023

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation presents insights into the state of pay and morale of the police force. Low pay and poor conditions have resulted in workforce challenges across the public sector, and the police force is no exception. This Social Market Foundation report, written in partnership with the Police...

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Short term thinking

This report from UK think tank the Adam Smith Institute reviews the proposal to apply VAT of 20% to private school fees in order to raise significant revenue. This paper reviews the proposal to apply VAT of 20% to private school fees in order to raise significant revenue. We build on a paper from the...

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A pro bono bonus

This report from UK think tank Pro Bono Economics looks at the impact of volunteering on wages and productivity. Charities play a vital role in the effective functioning of society, often supporting the most vulnerable groups, including the youngest, the oldest and those with physical and mental health needs. In supporting these groups, charities rely...

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Wealth generation

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs looks at how to boost income mobility in the UK. Many argue that income mobility is declining. This applies to all types of income mobility (relative and absolute; intergenerational and intragenerational). As remedies, those who worry and others who want to improve mobility tend...

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The UK Insecure Work Index 2024

This report from UK think tank the Work Foundation suggests that work has become less secure in the UK in the last year. New in-depth research suggests that work has become less secure in the UK in the last year as workers have faced the worst cost of living crisis for 41 years. Three in...

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Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment support

This report from UK think tank IPPR looks at tackling precarity in social security and employment support. Across the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty. This paper advocates for two...

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Related Events

29 May 2024

Location: Adam Smith Institute, 23 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3DJ

Think tank: Adam Smith Institute

On the rocks: London’s nightlife in crisis

This event hosted by UK think tank the Adam Smith Institute will discuss how we can help make London a truly 24 hour city. Join us for an evening of The Adam Smith Institute's new series of events, Enlightenment Evenings, where our Chairman James Lawson interviews brilliant authors, academics and wonks on fascinating topics stirring up the...

5 June 2024

Location: Online

Think tank: The King's Fund

Developing a safe environment where staff can deliver quality care

This event hosted by UK think tank The King's Fund will help to provide an understanding of the relationship between working culture and high-quality patient care. Delivering high-quality care and ensuring the best patient outcomes and safety levels should be the goal of all health care providers; however, these can only be achieved if staff...

Related Articles

How can we create a fit-for-purpose labour market?

Government must do more to tackle insecure work in the UK By Rebecca Florisson (The Work Foundation) The recent Queen’s speech indicated that the much-anticipated Employment Bill has again been delayed. This Bill could have played an important role in addressing severely insecure work. Proposals to improve job quality and security as set out in...

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What does the next labour market crisis look like?

The coronavirus crisis means we are facing huge changes and disruption in the labour market but what are these likely to be and who will be most affected by them? Covid-19 has accelerated change for workers already facing disruption By Josh Abey (Fabian Society) Covid-19 has pulled the rug from underneath millions of workers and...

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