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IER Newsletter - October 2021
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Celebrating 40 years of employment research at Warwick

What is now the Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER) was established in 1981 under the leadership of Professor Robert Lindley. Its remit was - and still is - to provide research that helps solve policy and practice problems locally and globally.
In this endeavour it is grateful to its research sponsors in government, research councils and charitable foundations for their support over the past 40 years. IER’s labour market forecasting exercises continue today for the UK Government as the periodic Working Futures. Our other high impact projects include the research underpinning the development of Standard Occupational Classification system used by government statisticians in the UK and internationally and developing the software, CASCOT, to enable researchers worldwide to quickly classify occupations.
We also undertook research on the UK's graduate labour market, research that informed the introduction of the UK Apprenticeship Levy and the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices that calls for a standard measure of job quality.
More recently, we provided research to help the MoD transition service personnel into civil working lives, and provided research for the Department for Education to support Labour Market Information for All (LMI for All) used by governments and careers guidance practitioners. Our Future of Work programme examines the impact of robots and platform work (labour provided through, on, or mediated by online platforms) on jobs in Europe's labour markets. We also host ReWAGE, a UK-wide expert group of advisors on improving work and employment in a post-Covid world.
Read more, inclulding personal reflections from IER staff on the IER news page.

Employment outcomes of ex-service personnel

The research commissioned by the Forces in Mind Trust examined the longer-term employment outcomes of UK ex-service personnel. The research found that while the majority of ex-Service personnel maintain employment over time, it can often involve numerous jobs and periods of unemployment.
So more support is needed to help veterans reach their full potential. The research recommends several initiatives to better prepare Service leavers for the civilian labour market and to ensure that employers can take advantage of this skilled cohort. The research was led by Natalie Fisher (IER Honorary Associate Professor) from QinetiQ, in partnership with IER and RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity.

Fisher, N., Newell, K., Barnes, S-A., Owen, D., & Lyonette, C. (2021). Longer-Term Employment Outcomes of Ex-Service Personnel. London: Forces in Mind Trust.

IER research rated highly at IAEVG conference

A range of IER research was presented at the 44th International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG) conference 'Maximizing Potential of Career Guidance'. Career guidance and counselling professionals shared research on how career guidance can maximise the potential of individuals and communities.
From IER Dr Sally-Anne Barnes, Dr Sally Wright and Emeritus Professor Jenny Bimrose presented. The paper by Sally and Sally-Anne on 'New measures of progression to the labour market: Distance travelled models for the long-term unemployed' was voted 3rd highest rated contribution from over a 100 papers, whilst the 'Maximising the potential of a lifelong guidance ecosystem' by Sally-Anne, Jenny, Professor Alan Brown and colleagues from the University of Jyvaskyla, Dr Jaana Kettunen and Dr Raimo Vuorinen voted 9th.For more on the research presented, see the following publications:

Lifelong guidance policy and practice in the EU: trends, challenges and opportunities

The role of parents and carers in providing careers guidance and how they can be better supported

The feasibility of developing a methodology for measuring the distance travelled and soft outcomes for long-term unemployed people participating in Active Labour Market Programmes

Labour market information for career development: Pivotal or peripheral?

Photo credit: Euroguidance.

Talk on Good and Fair Work for CIPD Midlands

The Director of IER, Chris Warhurst, gave an invited talk to the CIPD Midlands Annual Event on ‘How to Make Good and Fair Work a Reality’. He was joined in the session by Lee Barron, Regional Secretary of TUC Midlands, and Robert Handley, a senior advisor at ACAS.

Communications Manager appointed to ReWAGE

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Anne Fessi as the Communications & Engagement Manager for ReWAGE, the Renewing Work Advisory Group of Experts launched in July and funded by the ESRC.
Anne has over 20 years' experience of delivering strategic and tactical communications and stakeholder engagement. She has worked for the UK Government’s Department for Education, Ministry of Defence, NHS and the Skills Funding Agency. She joins IER from Ofqual and will be with ReWAGE until the end of 2022. Read more on ReWAGE here.


Keep up to date with the latest IER reports on our website.

New projects

Heritage sector workforce diversity research, Historic England

Skills data and Intelligence, in partnership with the Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini, CEDEFOP

Find more information on IER's current projects.