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IER newsletter - January 2017

IER Newsletter - January 2017

In this month's issue...

How international cities lead inclusive growth agendas

IER contributes to Foresight project

Credentials and self-reported skill measures

Bad jobs, the bad jobs trap and the Brexit vote

Forthcoming events - Gender in the food commodity chain
- LMI for All webinar

New projects


How international cities lead inclusive growth agendas

New research published on 24 January by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation examines inclusive growth: a major issue in the UK and internationally. To generate ideas to influence UK city leaders research by IER's Anne Green and Erika Kispeter, Paul Sissons at Coventry University and Francesca Froy from Whose City Ltd examined international examples of cities that have developed and implemented agendas to combine economic growth and social inclusion.
The report, How do cities lead an inclusive growth agenda?, highlights that the labour market is a core focus for policy to connect growth and inclusion and points to the importance of paying greater attention to the demand side of the labour market and minimizing transitions into and within employment. Further reports are available to download.

IER researchers contribute to the Future of skills and lifelong learning Foresight project

The Government Office for Science is looking at how changes in technology and an ageing population affect what skills the UK will need in the future. The project considers how investment in skills and encouraging lifelong learning can have a positive impact on productivity. It aims to provide policy-makers with evidence on the current and future state of skills and lifelong learning in the UK. IER researchers have produced three evidence-based papers for the project:

The UK's Skill System: Training, employability and gaps in provision, which looks at current trends in the UK skills system, including how geography affects provision of skills, individual access to skills and training, the role of migration and the role of careers advice.
The UK skills system: how aligned are public policy and employer views of training provision?, which explores trends and developments in UK skills policy, employer views on training and issues in realising an employer owned skills system.
Education as the underpinning system: Understanding the propensity for learning across the lifetime (forthcoming), which examines evidence on learning across the life course, frameworks for understanding the life course and the benefits of engaging with education and learning.

Credentials and self-reported skill gain do not measure the same

As a part of the LEGACY project, Heike Behle recently presented a paper in which two ways to measure learning gain were critically assessed: Credentials and self-assessed improvement of specific skills. Using Futuretrack data, Heike compared both ways and found that those who increased their learning gain using credentials are less likely to assess their skills highly, both variable correlate negatively. The findings are currently being prepared for publication.

Reported in THES.

Bad jobs, the bad jobs trap and the Brexit vote

In a recently published journal article IER's Chris Warhurst explores some of the factors associated with Brexit. He argues that recent developments in the UK labour market explain why 70% of low-skilled workers voted 'Leave' in the EU Referedum. The situation of these workers is a symptom of three developments: first, job polarisation has consolidated since the economic crisis; second, non-standard employment has increased in the worst jobs; and third, UK-born workers have benefitted less from employment restructuring. Theresa May has promised to address the plight of these workers, saying that she is listening to their frustrations. A good place to start would be to introduce polices that offer employment enrichment that improves job quality and provides springboards out of bad jobs.

Warhurst, C. (2016) Accidental tourists: Brexit and its toxic employment underpinnings, Socio-Economic Review, 14(4): 819-825, 2016.


Forthcoming event - Gender and work in the food commodity chain

A workshop on Gendered Work in Global Food Commodity Chains will take place on 28 February 2017. Speakers include Stephanie Barrientos (University of Manchester), whose research on global value chains and agri-food, including the role of supermarkets, is widely applauded. The event is organised by the Connecting Research on Employment and Work Network (CREW), IER, the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender (CSWG) and the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS). More information will be available on the CREW website soon.

Forthcoming event - LMI for All webinar

LMI for All is an online data portal, which makes available high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) for the purpose of supporting and informing careers decisions. This data is freely available via an Application Programming Interface (API) for use in websites and applications. The project is managed by IER and Pontydysgu for the Department for Education and has been running since 2012. Register for one of the upcoming free webinars to find out more about how it is being used and how you can take advantage of this free resource.


New projects

Self-employment and the Armed Forces community, funded by Forces in Mind Trust

Review of trends and best practice in lifelong guidance, funded by OECD
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