In 2015, IER was contracted to analyse the current state of job quality in Scotland and to identify long-term trends. The funder was Skills Development Scotland. Using an adapted ‘jobs-based’ approach and skill level and hours status as indicators, the project examined structural change in employment in Scotland to identify job quality trends over 2001 to 2022. This periodization enables the longer term trend to be analysed inclusive of the economic and employment boom and bust that characterised the 2000s and 2010s. The project ended in 2016 with the production of an internal report for Skills Development Scotland: Is Scotland creating more better jobs?
The research team was led by Professor Chris Warhurst and included Sally Wright and Luke Bosworth.