Annette Cox

BA, MSc, PhD, MCIPD, FRSA

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Director, Employment Policy Research

annette.cox@employment-studies.co.uk

+44(0)1273 763 413

Annette has a broad portfolio of research interests covering skills-policy design and evaluation; workforce ageing; organisational performance; employee involvement, health and wellbeing; and reward management. She has 20 years of research experience on HR and employment topics and joined IES in 2007.

Annette has wide experience of mixed methodologies in undertaking research including: process and impact evaluation design; secondary analysis of quantitative datasets; semi-structured face to face and telephone interviews; online, postal and telephone surveys; focus groups and vignettes; horizon scanning and scenario building; case study research of processes and organisations; and synthesising quantitative and qualitative research findings using reporting techniques including mind mapping. Her experience in project management includes initial scoping and tailoring to meet client needs; fieldwork; analysis; report writing; managing project staff and stakeholders; presenting interim findings and final results through presentations; written reports and online/web-based media and quality assurance, risk and budget management.

Recent and current projects include:

  • a review of what fulfilling work looks like for older workers for the Centre for Ageing Better;
  • an Economic and Social Research Council funded project on Tackling Health Inequalities through Extending Working Lives (THRIVE) under the Joint Programming Initiative ‘More Years Better Lives’ led by the University of Liverpool;
  • systematic evidence reviews for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on how employers can support the health and wellbeing of older workers;
  • a policy review and employer guides for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) on helping employees to manage financial wellbeing;
  • an evidence review for the Department for Education on good employment practices for older teachers; and
  • an evaluation of the Carers’ Employment Pilot for the Social Care Institute for Excellence, funded by the Department for Health, Department for Work and Pensions and Government Equalities Office.

Annette is also directing projects focussing on the development of occupational route maps for the Post-16 Skills Plan for the Department of Education and the Gatsby Foundation, and on understanding employer and learning provider behaviour in training purchase and provision in a changing policy landscape for the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Her clients have included the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, The Scottish Government, the Welsh Government, Acas, the European Commission, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the European Agency for Occupational Safety and Health and Cedefop.

Annette has a range of media experience discussing skills and employment issues. She has appeared on Radio 4's Today programme, BBC Breakfast, BBC News 24, BBC Working Lunch and Channel 4 News, and has provided commentary for the national press including The Times and The Financial Times as well as specialist HR and trade press.

Prior to joining IES, Annette was a lecturer in employment studies at Manchester Business School where she ran a postgraduate programme in HRM for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Research publications

Articles and chapters

Conference appearances

  • Engagement and empowerment, Cox A, Contributor, Challenging Times: Developing workplaces for sustainable work and retaining an ageing workforce, Workage, London, September 2016
  • Managing Older Workers: Challenges and opportunities, Cox A, Mourant Ozannes/CIPD Jersey Annual Conference, Mourant Ozannes/CIPD Jersey , St Helier, Jersey, June 2016
  • Optimising mixed methods evaluation: insights from the Carers’ Employment Pilot evaluation, Cox A, UK Evaluation Society Conference, London, April 2016
  • Age Diverse Workplaces, Cox A, Managing an Ageing Workforce, Eversheds, Manchester, February 2016
  • Employer Support for Older Workers, Cox A, Managing an Ageing Workforce, Eversheds, Manchester, February 2016
  • Employer Support for Older Workers, Cox A, Managing an Ageing Workforce, Eversheds, Birmingham, January 2016
  • Age Diverse Workplaces, Cox A, Managing an Ageing Workforce, Eversheds, Birmingham, January 2016
  • Employer Support for Older Workers, Cox A, Managing an Ageing Workforce, Eversheds, London, January 2016
  • Age Diverse Workplaces, Cox A, Managing an Ageing Workforce, Eversheds, London, January 2016
  • Impact on Business Operations and Emerging Approaches for an Ageing Workforce, Cox A, Perry S, Working Overtime: The Ageing UK Workforce, GovKnow, London, June 2015
  • The Role of PES in developing green skills, Cox A, PES to PES Mutual Dialogue Conference, European Commission, Brussels, October 2014
  • High Performance Working: What Works, Cox, A, CIPD North West Forum Event, CIPD, Leigh, July 2011
  • The Impact of Emerging Forms of Inter-firm Relationships (IFRs) on Employment & Working Conditions, Cox A, Kadjivassiliou K, Lunchtime Seminar, Brighton Business School, March 2011
  • Management and Leadership Skills Needs in Recession, Cox A, Walker L, Learning and Skills Improvement Service Conference, London, January 2011
  • The impact of the recession on the South East, and the response of learning providers, Cox A, The Recession: Its impact on education, training and learners, The Post-14 Network, London, December 2010
  • Panel member: Addressing lifelong learning, educational systems and education inequities within societal transformation, Cox A, Educating Europe – Educational Sciences go FP7 and beyond, German National Contact Point for Socioeconomic Sciences and Humanities, International Cooperation in Education, and NET4SOCIETY, in co-operation with the European Commission, Brussels, July 2010
  • Increasing Employer Training: collective action on skills, Cox A, UK Commission for Employment and Skills: Skills, Jobs, Growth Convention, Neil Stewart Associates, London, February 2010
  • Participant, Cox A, Work and Skills Roundtable, Resolution Foundation, London, September 2009
  • Preventing future absence, Cox A, Fit for work: reducing and preventing absence, Eversheds, Newcastle, May 2009
  • Employee financial well-being: what should employers know and do about it?, Cox A, Fit for work: reducing and preventing absence, Eversheds, Newcastle, May 2009
  • Preventing future absence, Cox A, Fit for work: reducing and preventing absence, Eversheds, Leeds, May 2009
  • Employee financial well-being: what should employers know and do about it?, Cox A, Fit for work: reducing and preventing absence, Eversheds, Leeds, May 2009
  • Managing Absence, Cox A, Fit for work: reducing and preventing absence, Eversheds, London, May 2009
  • Employee financial well-being: what should employers know and do about it?, Cox A, Fit for work: reducing and preventing absence, Eversheds, London, May 2009
  • The Skills Escalator in the Healthcare Sector. Any Lessons for Education?, Cox A, Training and Development Agency Professional Development Conference, March 2008
  • Employer struggles with designing effective reward strategies and the missing link of employee motivation, Cox A, European Reward Management Conference, Brussels, December 2007
  • Reward and Performance, Cox A, The National Incentive Show, Touchstone, NEC, Birmingham, September 2007
  • The Dynamics of Skills Development Provision in the UK Public Health Sector, Cox A, McBride A, 8th European Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association, International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA), Manchester, September 2007
  • Can Public Sector Organisations Be Role Models for Skills Development? The Case of Lifelong Learning in the UK NHS, Cox A, International Industrial Relations Conference, Manchester, September 2007
  • Adding value in studying employee involvement and participation: benefits of matching employee-employer data in WERS, Cox A, 2nd WORKS workshop on 'Measuring Changes in Work by Organisation Surveys', Higher Institute of Labour Studies of the Catholic University (HIVA-K.U), Leuven, Belgium, 2007
  • Pay System Reform and Skills Development in the NHS: New Internal Labour Market Structures for Low Wage Workers?, Cox A, Carroll M, Grimshaw D, McBride A, Performance and Rewards Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2007
  • Interactions Between Policy Interventions, Organisational Contexts and Individual Choices: Implications for the Skills Agenda, Cox A, McBride A, Society for Advancement of Socio Economics (SASE), Copenhagen, 2007
  • Employee Involvement and Participation (EIP) Practices: (In)formality and Workplace Size, Cox A, Marchington M, Suter J, Employment Relations Unit Conference, Cardiff, September 2006
  • Embedding the Provision of Information and Consultation in the Workplace: A Longitudinal Analysis of Employee Outcomes in WERS 98 and 2004, Cox A, Marchington M, Suter J, Seminar, Information and consultation: the evidence from WERS 2004, DTI, London, July 2006
  • Managing Learning Across Boundaries: the Implementation of the Skills Escalator in the UK NHS, Cox A, EGOS Colloquium, Bergen, July 2006
  • How Reward Systems Can Support Business Strategy, Cox A, Employee Benefits Northern Area Conference, Manchester, April 2006
  • Consultation and the Process of Pay System Change, Cox A, Institut d'Administration et des Entreprises, Université de Montpellier II, January 2006
  • Skills, Government Policy and "Employability"" - Evidence from the UK NHS", Mustchin S, McBride A, Cox A, Hyde P, Carroll M, Second International Conference on Training, Employability and Employment, Monash University Centre, Prato, Italy, September 2005
  • Lifelong Learning in the NHS: A coincidence or conflict of interests?, Mustchin S, McBride A, Cox A, Hyde P, Carroll M, Employment Research Unit Annual Conference, Employment Relations Research, Cardiff Business School, September 2005
  • Pay and Fairness, Cox A, E-Reward Conference, CIPD, London, July 2005
  • Targeting 'non-traditional' learners - in whose interests?, Mustchin S, McBride A, Cox A, Hyde P, Carroll M, British Universities Industrial Relations Association Annual Conference, Northumbria University, July 2005
  • A Comparison of Contrasting Approaches to Managing Gender Equality in the Context of Organisational Change, Cox A, Hebson G, Gender, Work and Organisation Conference, Keele University, June 2005
  • Gendered Career Progression and Work Family Negotiations After Organisational Change - A Comparison Across Two Sectors, Cox A, Hebson G, Sung S, Oliver G, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, York, March 2005
  • The Skills Escalator and Workforce Modernisation, McBride A, Hyde P, Cox A, Jackson G, international webinar/e-conference for practitioners across Australia, Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council, Sydney, Australia, 2005
  • Organisational Change: the Gendered Implications of Increasing Individualisation, Cox A, Hebson G, Sung S, Oliver G, Work, Employment and Society Conference, Manchester, September 2004
  • The Embeddedness of Employee Involvement and Participation (EIP) and its Impact on Employee Outcomes - An Analysis of WERS 98, Cox A, Zagelmeyer S, Marchington M, EGOS Colloquium, Copenhagen, July 2003
  • Pay and Organisational Justice in SMEs, Cox A, Department of Management Research Seminar Series, National University of Ireland, Galway, April 2003
  • 'That's Not Fair!' The Role of Justice in Organisations, Cox A, Seminar, Strategic Remuneration Research Centre, HBOS, Leeds, September 2002
  • The Connection Between Pay Systems and Organisational Performance: Asserting the Significance of Intermediate Outcomes, Cox A, Performance and Reward Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, April 2002
  • Path Dependency and Institutional Theory as Explanations for the Choice and Adoption of Variable Pay Systems among SMEs in the Engineering Sector, Cox A, HRM Study Group, British Universities Industrial Relations Association, March 2002
  • Perceptions of Distributive, Procedural and Interactional Justice Among Shop Floor Employees in the Engineering Sector, Cox A, SME Study Group, British Universities Industrial Relations Association, January 2002
  • Pay Systems and Performance: Enhancing Manufacturing Competitiveness through Innovative Human Resource Practices, Cox A, EEF Annual Conference, London, November 1999
  • Fairness at Work - Perceptions of Shop Floor Justice in SMEs in the Engineering Sector, Cox A, WERC Seminar, University of Bath, July 1999
  • Pay System Effectiveness and Organisational Performance, Cox A, EIASM Doctoral Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland, April 1999
  • Pay Systems and Performance, Cox A, Seminar, West Midlands Engineering Employers' Association, February 1999
  • Supporting Performance? The Role of Variable Pay Systems in SMEs in the Engineering Sector, Cox A, HRM Study Group Conference, Researching HRM: Where Are We Going?, British Universities Industrial Relations Association, Cardiff Business School, January 1999

Advisory roles and affiliations

  • Associate Fellow at the ESRC Centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) at the Universities of Cardiff and Oxford (2007 - present)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, UK Commission for Employment and Skills (2010 - 2012)
  • Expert Witness for the Skills Commission Older Workers Evidence Session (2016 - 2016)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (2017 - present)

Projects