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IER Newsletter - May 2024
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Research Fellow post at IER

The IER is seeking to appoint an outstanding Research Fellow, either an economist/social scientist with an employment/labour market specialism and an interest/skills in data science, or a data scientist with an interest in working in the field of employment/labour markets.This is an opportunity for a researcher who wants to make a difference by getting involved in policy-focused research. You will have a PhD or equivalent relevant research experience in the economic and social sciences. You will have research and publications commensurate with being a Research Fellow and preferably some experience of working with different stakeholders: academic and otherwise.

We welcome applications relevant to any of IER research themes but would particularly welcome applications from researchers with pay or labour market data expertise. Full details of the post are available on The University of Warwick websiteLink opens in a new window. The closing date is Tuesday 30 July 2024 at 11.45 pm.

LMI For All updates

The LMI for All portal continues to provide high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) to inform careers decisions. In LMI For All news this month, a new learning unit on "Understanding the Value of Education: Exploring the Return to Education" and a new blog on "Chat-GPT and the UK Labour Market: A Year in Review " have been published.

The learning unit by Dr Sangwoo LeeLink opens in a new window first explores the definition of the return to education, the factors that determine it, the methods of measurement, and the limitations of these measurements. Following this, it reviews some of the existing empirical evidence regarding the return to Further Education and Higher Education. Full details of the new learning unit are available hereLink opens in a new window.

The new blogLink opens in a new window by Dr Jeisson Cardenas-RubioLink opens in a new window and Gianni Anelli-LopezLink opens in a new window is being launched a year after the release of Chat-GPT, an artificial intelligence tool which has raised questions about how Generative Pre-trained Transformers (GPTs) might affect the demand for labour. Building on the previous blog “From Automation to Adaptation: Jobs at Risk of Exposure to AI in the UKLink opens in a new window” this blog extends on the analysis to show how things have developed over the past six months, incorporating fresh insights with data up to December 2023.

'Skill2Capabilities': new video published

A new videoLink opens in a new window explaining the Skills2Capabilities project has been published. The Skills2CapabilitiesLink opens in a new window project aims to understand how skill systems need to develop if they are to assist people in making labour market transitions, that is, between jobs, employers or sectors – and thereby reduce the level of skill mismatch which might otherwise arise.

The study is about the capabilities individuals will increasingly need to acquire if they are to effectively manage labour market transitions.

New Digital Badging Commission

In May, the RSA launched its new Digital Badging CommissionLink opens in a new window. The Commission will run over 2024-25 with the aim of broadening the understanding, development and adoption of digital badges so that lifelong learning in the UK is better recognised and rewarded.

It is co-chaired by Professor Sir Chris Husbands and Rebecca Garrod-Waters. IER Director Professor Chris Warhurst Link opens in a new windowis one of the Commissioners.

IER professor visits Hunan Women's University

Professor Philip TaylorLink opens in a new window visited Hunan Women's University (HWU) in May. The visit was used to explore collaborative opportunities for IER on the topic of population ageing and the workplace with HWU and other universities in Hunan Province. China has over 250 million people aged over 60, raising questions about how it should respond.

The visit was funded by Hunan Province's Visiting Expert programme.

Presentation at the UK Data Service LFS and APS User Conference

On May 23rd, IER's Dr David OwenLink opens in a new window presented a paperLink opens in a new window entitled "Trends in under- and over-employment" at the UK Data Service Labour Force and Annual Population Surveys (LFS and APS) User Conference 2024 in London.

The paper demonstrated how the LFS could be used to make estimates of under- and over-employment for individuals, and showed how this information could supplement other labour market indicators to demonstrate differentials in labour market inclusion and exclusion by sex, age, highest educational qualification and ethnic group and the differential incidence of over- and under-employment by occupation, industry and geographical region.


New IER projects

Colonial legacies and the labour market in the English-speaking CaribbeanLink opens in a new window

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