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Labour market and skills intelligence

  • Labour market (LM) and skills forecasting
  • LM assessment and classification
  • Skill anticipation & assessment
  • Skill surveys
  • Skill foresight
  • Big data analysis
  • Real-time LM analysis
  • Working Futures
  • LMI for All

Contact: Sally-Anne Barnes, Terence Hogarth


Education, training and skills

  • Apprenticeships and work-based learning 
  • Vocational Education & Training  
  • Higher Education 
  • Graduate labour market  
  • Lifelong learning 
  • FutureTrack

Contact: Sally-Anne Barnes, Terence Hogarth

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The future of work

  • New technology and work  
  • Platform work 
  • Digitalisation and automation 
  • Productivity and performance 
  • Innovation and work 
  • Green jobs 

Contact: Chris Warhurst, Sally Wright


Welfare and social inclusion

  • Unemployment and worklessness 
  • Evaluation and development of welfare policies 
  • Gender and social equality 
  • Equal opportunities and workforce diversity 
  • Youth labour market 
  • Active ageing 
  • Work and poverty 

Contact: Gaby Atfield, Michael Orton


Careers guidance, development and transitions

  • Labour market transitions
  • Career guidance across the life course
  • Lifelong guidance policy and practice
  • Changing careers and identities
  • Career practitioner skills and competences
  • Public Employment Service programmes
  • Careers labour market information: LMI for All

Contact: Sally-Anne Barnes, Beate Baldauf


Job quality; fair, decent & good work

  • Measuring job quality
  • Trends in job quality
  • Improving job quality
  • Making bad jobs better
  • Working conditions

Contact: Chris Warhurst, Sally Wright


Employment practices

  • Work-life balance
  • Working time
  • Flexible working practices
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Wellbeing and mental health
  • Pay
  • Working from home
  • Self-employment

Contact: Erika Kispeter, Beate Baldauf


Regional and sector analysis

  • Local labour markets
  • Local skills strategy
  • Regional economic development
  • Sectoral employment

Contact: David Owen, Peter Dickinson