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  • Sick and at Work? The Hidden Benefits

    19 May 2016

    Being at work while you are ill may not be such a bad thing after all, suggests a new report on so-called 'Presenteeism' by IES.

  • Is the historic labour market boom coming to an end?

    18 May 2016

    Jim Hillage, director of research, comments on the latest ONS Labour Market Statistics.

  • Changing change management: From executive edict to empowered employees

    12 May 2016

    Duncan Brown urges HR and OD professionals to revise their approach and let go, with two great examples of successful organisational change.

  • IES Honorary Fellowship launch

    5 May 2016

    On 25 November 2015, we held a reception to launch the IES Honorary Fellowship programme. The launch, preceded by the HR Network annual Provocation event, was addressed by Lord Ian Blair, former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

  • IES Viewpoint: Plus ça change?

    5 May 2016

    IES Director Nigel Meager looks back at developments in employment and labour market over the last ten years, and considers what has really changed.

  • Behavioural insights for Organisations

    5 May 2016

    In March 2016, the Cabinet Office published ORGANISER, an innovative tool based on detailed evidence gathered by the Institute for Employment Studies during an extensive Rapid Evidence Assessment. The launch of ‘ORGANISER’ was marked by a high-profile event in Whitehall attended by over a hundred policy professionals across government.

  • Managing older workers

    5 May 2016

    Demographic changes are increasing the number of older people at work, and legislative changes such as the abolition of the default retirement age, coupled with less advantageous pension arrangements, mean that older workers are less likely to be moving into retirement as early as was previously the case. IES has conducted research into the enabling factors and constraints on employers looking to support those who wish to continue in employment up to and beyond state pensionable age.

  • Employers’ graduate recruitment and selection practices and the impact on social mobility

    5 May 2016

    Recent work by IES on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills highlights the challenges facing employers when looking to recruit graduates, the approaches they adopt to attract and select graduates and how these have changed over time. The research also contributes pertinent qualitative evidence to the current debates around social mobility and higher education (HE).

  • Wage bargaining and pay outcomes in Europe

    5 May 2016

    In the European Union, around two-thirds of workers are covered by some form of collective agreement, pointing towards the importance of wage bargaining for macroeconomic outcomes in the 'European Social Model'. IES undertook research for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions to better understand the effects of the different characteristics of (national) wage bargaining regimes on pay outcomes. Our study delivers new empirical evidence on the impact of bargaining institutions on macroeconomic outcomes, incorporating key features of national wage negotiation systems such as centralisation and coordination.

  • Progress of the reform programme: issues raised by the Apprenticeship Trailblazers

    5 May 2016

    The Apprenticeship Trailblazers are the government's key response to the Richard Review, putting employers at the heart of developments in order to increase trust in and uptake of Apprenticeships. IES was involved in tracking the process and experiences of the earliest employer networks that took forward the design of the new Apprenticeship standards.