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IER Newsletter - August 2020

IER Newsletter - August 2020
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IER and the new Productivity Institute

IER is part of the Warwick partner of the newly announced ESRC-funded Productivity Institute. The Institute’s goal is to make long-term policy recommendations to improve the UK’s productivity. One key task is to help solve the UK’s longstanding ‘productivity puzzle’. Another is to improve productivity and living standards as the economy recovers from COVID-19.
Warwick’s involvement is led by Professor Nigel Driffield of Warwick Business School (WBS). Warwick is one of eight partner institutions involved in the research project. The others are the University of Cambridge, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, University of Glasgow, University of Sheffield, King's College London, Queen's University Belfast and Cardiff University. The Managing Director is Professor Bart van Ark of the University of Manchester.
In launching the Institute, UK Government Minister for Science Amanda Solloway said: ‘Improving productivity is central to driving forward our long-term economic recovery and ensuring that we level up wages and living standards across every part of the UK,’ continuing that the new funding ‘will bring together the very best of our researchers, boosting our understanding of the different drivers of productivity’.

First details of the Productivity Institute can be found here.


New study on the impact of Covid-19 on job quality in the Australian hospitality industry

The hospitality sector has been hit hardest by Covid-19 in Australia. Sally Wright and Chris Warhurst of IER will be working with Angie Knox of Sydney University to develop a new measure of the impact of Covid-19 on job quality in the Australian hospitality industry. The aim is to help government develop policies to ensure a sustainable recovery for the sector.

Working Futures projections for Wales Economic Regions published

Working Futures 2017-2027 projections for the Economic Regions of Wales are now available. Read the report, published by the Welsh government, here and access the Excel workbooks from the sub-regional projections link here.
Please note that these projections were created when it was expected there would be a negotiated Brexit and before the Covid-19 pandemic, which may result in considerable disruption to the UK and world economic system.
Owen, D. (2020) Working Futures 2017-27: Report for Wales. 

Book on aesthetic labour published

A new book on aesthetic labour by IER’s Chris Warhurst and his co-author Dennis Nickson of Strathclyde University has now been published by Sage.
Drawing on research by the authors, the book examines the hiring and management of workers based on their looks and the consequence for workers who fail companies’ looks policies.

Workplace innovations in the UK social care and Swedish health sectors

Dr Sally Wright co-authored a journal article about workplace innovations in the UK social care and Swedish health sectors. The article, based on case studies completed for the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Quality of Jobs and Innovation-generated Employment Outcomes (QuInnE) project, was recently published in the European Journal of Workplace Innovation.
Mathieu, C., Wright, S., Boethius, S. and Green, A. (2020). 'Innovations on a shoestring: Consequences for job quality of public service innovations in health and social care', European Journal of Workplace Innovation, 5(2): 4-30.

New IER working paper on gender gaps in working conditions

The gender pay gap is well researched. This new paper by IER’s Honorary Professor Rafael Muñoz de Bustillo Llorente and his Spanish team adds to that body of research by examining the non-monetary gap in working conditions by gender. Using the European Working Conditions Survey, it explores gender differences in working conditions by different dimensions of job quality and across countries.
Antóny, J.-I. ,Grandez, R., Muñoz de Bustillox, R. and Pinto, F. (2020) Gender gaps in working conditions.

Balancing job creation and job quality post-Covid 

Director of IER, Chris Warhurst, gave a keynote talk in August on the need for governments to develop a balanced economic recovery and growth policy that promotes both job creation and job quality in the face of the looming jobs crisis post-Covid.
The talk – ‘Keeping the faith: Covid, job quality and workplace management practices’ – was delivered to the Cedefop, Eurofound and IZA Conference on Workplace and Management Practices on 21 August 2020.

Online research methods workshop delivered as part of an ESRC project 

As part of the ESRC Global Challenges Research Funded project ‘Inequalities and skills acquisition in young people’, the IER research team has designed and delivered research methods training to students working towards a Post Graduate Diploma in (Rural) Management at the Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS) in Ranchi, India.
The three online workshops took place on 17-18th August with more than 50 students participating. As a follow-up to the training sessions students are invited to enrol on a University of Warwick Moodle, where they can access relevant resources and work on a group assignment to practise what they have learnt in the workshops.
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