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James Cockett
Conference calls, coughs and children: Can parents really work from home?

20 March 2020

IES employment policy researchers consider the impact on working parents in light of school and business closure, identifying several areas where support for (previously) working parents needs to be further strengthened.

Covid-19 Jobs and Incomes package: IES response
Tony Wilson 20 March 2020 

Coronavirus benefit: Do what it says on the tin
Bill Wells, 18 March 2020 

March jobs figures: A timely reminder that we must not lose sight of those already out of work
Tony WIlson, 17 March 2020 

This crisis shows that sick pay and Universal Credit are no longer fit purpose – here’s five ways that Parliament needs to fix them
Tony WIlson, 16 March 2020 

Employment programmes in times of 'full employment': The implications for employment advisers and participants
Rosie Gloster & Helena Takala, 11 March 2020 

International Woment's Day 2020: What does the future of work look like for women? 
Beth Mason, 11 March 2020 

Time well spent? The difference between ‘value’ and values in the HE student experience
Becci Newton, 05 March 2020 

Apprenticeships: Who are they really for and is government funding benefitting those who need it most?
Becci Newton, 24 February 2020 

February jobs figures: A record breaking month, driven by disabled people and full-time work
Tony Wilson, 18 February 2020 

Access to work is a policy success - but more people should be able to benefit from it 
Helena Takala, 27 January 2020 

January jobs figures: a strong start to the year, but those with health conditions are missing out (and it’s slow progress on ‘levelling up’)
Tony Wilson, 21 January 2020

2019

December jobs figures: reasons to be cheerful, but signs of three big challenges for next year
Tony Wilson, 17 December 2019

The parties’ 2019 commitments on skills and lessons from the past
Becci Newton, 06 December 2019

General Election 2019: Employment is out of the news but jobs could define the next five years
Tony Wilson, 06 December 2019

A day in the life: James Cockett goes on a mission to the Low Pay Commission
James Cockett, 19 November 2019

November jobs figures: Not much news is good news - but signs that women and young people are losing out as recruitment slows 
Tony Wilson, 12 November 2019

Any work will do? Younge people's work futures and the search for good work
Dafni Papoutsaki, 23 October 2019 

October jobs figures: Largest drop in employment since 2015 and falling youth employment signals trouble ahead
Tony Wilson, 15 October 2019 

Young, employed and homeless: Experiences of young people in precarious employment
Jonathan Buzzeo, 9 October 2019 

Labour Market Statistics, September 2019: Mixed messages overall, but signs of trouble ahead
Tony Wilson, 10 September 2019 

Spending Round 2019 – comment from Institute for Employment Studies
Tony Wilson, 4 September 2019 

Nothing has changed? Five priorities for Amber Rudd and a new government
Tony Wilson, 25 July 2019 

Labour Market Statistics, July 2019: Another record breaking month, driven by the self-employed and older workers
Tony Wilson, 16 July 2019

Career engagment: What more can be done to support career management in the workplace? 
Liz Hey & Rosie Gloster, 11 July 2019

Labour Market Statistics, June 2019: No news is good news overall, while employment of older people sets new records
Tony Wilson, 11 June 2019

The impact of student finance: actions are needed to ensure a better understanding of the true costs
Emma Pollard, 30 May 2019

We need to tackle low pay – but we can’t do it without employers
Tony Wilson, 10 May 2019

Epilepsy and employment: poor awareness and misconceptions reveals a need for targeted support
Sally Wilson and Morwenna Byford, 2 May 2019

Disability employment - a welcome start
Tony Wilson, 7 March 2019

Planning and preparing for later life in uncertain times
Rosie Gloster, 18 February

Why furthering understanding of pre-16 education is crucial to our mission
Anneka Dawson, 31 January

Apprenticeships: how to address gender and ethnicity pay gaps
Becci Newton, 10 January

Could pausing Universal Credit create the opportunity we need to fix it?
Tony Wilson, 9 January

Workforce planning remains a missing link in the NHS long term plan
Stephen Bevan, 7 January

2018

IES at 50: half a century in Brighton & Hove, our local labour market
Matthew Williams and Tony Wilson, 21 December

Industry placements and T Levels – stepping up to meet the skills challenge
Becci Newton and Joy Williams, 6 December

Using data to improve employment support for refugee communities
Rosie Gloster, Helena Takala (IES) and Alice Thornton (Renaisi), 28 November

Free movement will not end with this deal - and that's welcome news
Tony Wilson, 15 November

Austerity, welfare reform and local growth - what to look out for in the 2018 Autumn Budget
Tony Wilson, 25 October

Stress and mental health at work: half a decade in policy and practice
Sally Wilson, 10 October

Addressing today's labour market challenges is a huge task, but we need to try and our work can help
Tony Wilson, 5 October

Further decline in EU workers prompts fears of labour shortages
Jim Hillage, 16 August

Sickness absence falls, but is there a sting in the tail?
Jim Hillage, 1 August

Seven ways online platforms have changed how we work
Rosie Gloster, 26 July

Young people still struggle to thrive in today's labour market
Jim Hillage, 12 July

Cultivating compassion: who cares for NHS staff?
Kate Spiegelhalter, 5 July

Our response to the government's consultations on modern working practices
Charlotte Zealley, 27 June

Why is take-up of shared parental leave so low? Learning from parents' return to work decisions
Rosie Gloster, 14 June

What does the future of volunteering look like?
Joy Williams, 7 June

The labour market past and future: fifty years of IES insights
Jim Hillage, 31 May

Is wellbeing a missing link in our search for productivity growth?
Stephen Bevan, 15 May

Apprenticeship Levy: is it working?
Becci Newton, 6 April

Volunteering: it makes a difference
Joy Williams, 21 February

Government response to the Taylor Review: damp squib or small step in the right direction?
Nigel Meager, 7 February

2017

What do we mean by inclusive teaching and learning?
Emma Pollard, 9 November

How will ending free movement impact UK employers?
Erica Consterdine, 4 October

Now you see it, now you don't: Contrasting approaches to fairness and change in UK and Korean pay policies
Duncan Brown, 2 October

How many nurses is a university vice-chancellor worth?
Duncan Brown, 12 September

Matthew Taylor: a reflection on good work
Penny Tamkin, 16 August

Is 'good work' the ultimate workplace health intervention?
Stephen Bevan, 19 July

Public sector pay: Scrap the cap?
Duncan Brown, 5 July

Brexit and the impact on higher education: one year on

Brexit and higher education: the impact on staff and funding one year on
Joy Williams, 23 June

Brexit and higher education: the impact on students one year on
Alex Martin, 23 June

Clarity must be the order of the day for business in Brexit negotiations
Guest blog: Adam Marshall, 31 May

Silver hairs will purchase us a good opinion: reflections on teachers working longer
Annette Cox, 14 March

Women, work and caring: unspoken expectations and stifled careers
Sally Wilson, 8 March

Older women at work: doubly disadvantaged?
Rosa Marvell, 8 March

Two cheers for the PM's focus on mental health at work
Stephen Bevan, 9 January

2016

Brexit, population ageing and nursing shortages: A perfect storm?
Rachel Marangozov, 20 December

Working beyond retirement - the new prescription for good health?
Stephen Bevan, 8 December

Higher education in a post-Brexit world
Joy Williams, 28 September

How will Brexit impact UK employment legislation?
David Yeandle OBE, Guest blog, 19 September

Precarious work - a slippery concept?
Andrea Broughton, 9 September

Immigration and Brexit: Four challenges
Madeleine Sumption, Guest blog, 1 September

EU immigration: impacts and prospects for the UK labour market
Sophie Hedges, 26 August

Absolutely Favelas: Rio as a catalyst for sustainable growth
Sam Swift, 5 August

A third of nurses due to retire in the next 10 years. Who is going to plug the gap?
Rachel Marangozov, 8 July

What does Brexit mean for employment?
Jim Hillage, 29 June

Careers advice is crucial, but what can schools do?
Rosa Marvell, 20 June

Who cares for working carers?
Andrea Broughton, 9 June

Time for employers to take up the social mobility baton from HE
Emma Pollard, 15 April

More apprenticeships, but some are locked out
Jonathan Buzzeo, 16 March

The true cost of 'welfare tourism'
Rachel Marangozov, 11 February

2015

How are employers attracting the right graduates?
Wendy Hirsh, 10 December

Growing entrepreneurship: is it good for the workers?
Nigel Meager, 16 November

India and the UK: a golden opportunity?
Sam Swift, 11 November

Workplace stress: an ongoing issue
Sally Wilson, 5 November 2015

Universities and student mental health: how are universities coping with soaring demand?
Matthew Williams, 9 October

Work-life balance – a win-win situation
Andrea Broughton, 29 September

Will EU rhetoric be a match for the reality of youth unemployment?
Kari Hadjivassiliou, 12 August

Work experience key to improving skills and reducing youth unemployment
Stefan Speckesser, 15 July

The heat is on: new uptake figures say it’s time to make up our minds on the agenda for Apprenticeships
Becci Newton, 3 July

How are our graduates faring?
Emma Pollard, 26 June

Risk Management with a smile! Getting an early start on health and safety
Sally Wilson, 18 June

Directing training funds through employers: what does it mean for adult learners?
Annette Cox and Jonathan Buzzeo, 17 June

Adult Learners’ Week: What next for adult Apprentices?
Becci Newton, 15 June

May Day: pagan rites and employment rights
Andrea Broughton, 1 May

Productivity tops the next government’s to do list
Jim Hillage, 1 April

Thanks for the good news Chancellor, but what about youth unemployment?
Jim Hillage and Becci Newton, 19 March

Young people still struggle to thrive in today's labour market