Public Policy blog
We publish blogs to provide insights from, and stimulate debate about, the latest research and thinking.
2 September 2021
With the onset of a new academic year, Anneka Dawson reflects on the progress made with early years research projects undertaken during a succession of lockdowns, and details how the adaptation of evaluation methods can help research be more resilient in the future.
How can speech and language therapists help nurseries catch up this year?
Anneka Dawson & Clare Huxley, 28 June 2021
What works in youth employment partnerships: learning from evidence and improving practice
Cristiana Orlando, 17 June 2021
In conversation with young people: opportunities and challenges for good quality work in a post-pandemic world
Cristiana Orlando, 01 June 2021
Mental health among young employees: let's start doing more to improve workplace practices
Cristiana Orlando, 25 March 2021
One year on: we averted a jobs catastrophe, now we need to secure the recovery
Tony Wilson, 22 March 2021
Tackling Educational Inequality and the Digital Divide: Reflections on the IES report for the OVO Foundation on education inequality in the early years
Georgie Akehurst and Anneka Dawson, 25 February 2021
New Year insights and the elephant in the room: the youth employment crisis, deregulation, and low-quality work
Cristiana Orlando, 12 February 2021
Research during a pandemic: Evaluating interventions in the early years with nursery and school disruption
Anneka Dawson, 19 January 2021
Call for participation: Health Foundation and IES youth employment policy project needs your voice
Cristiana Orlando, 14 December 2020
Spending Review 2020: Good marks on support to find work, more to do on raising demand
Tony Wilson, 25 November 2020
Next week we need a Spending Review for jobs – here’s how
Tony Wilson, 20 November 2020
Addressing the youth unemployment crisis: challenges and opportunities in unprecedented times
Cristiana Orlando, 3 November 2020
The four-day week - an idealistic dream or a survival strategy?
Astrid Allen, 22 October 2020
Can the pandemic transform flexible working opportunities?
Rosie Gloster & James Cockett, 19 October 2020
The slipper revolution
Dr Lesley Crane, 13 October 2020
Sunak’s measures needed to protect workers and support the recovery - they don’t
Tony Wilson, 28 September 2020
Nursery closures will hurt disadvantaged children the most - targeted funding and a long-term Early Years strategy are needed now
Anneka Dawson & Helena Takala, 26 August 2020
A mothers' many roles: how childcare impacts young women's employment opportunities
Beth Mason, 25 August 2020
Unemployment, debt, and food banks: young women facing financial insecurity
Beth Mason, 18 August 2020
Supporting A level students into higher education in 2020 – some rays of light and an idea to ponder?
Emma Pollard, 17 August 2020
Getting Kickstart working will take more than a pot of cash for businesses
Tracy Fishwick 12 August 2020
Isolation, childcare and shortage of support: The impact of Covid-19 on young women’s mental health
Beth Mason, 10 August 2020
It might pay to move out, but for who?
Jonathan Buzzeo, 05 August 2020
Do we have to move out to move on? Climbing the Social Mobility step ladder in Britain
James Cockett, 30 July 2020
The role of T Levels and Industry Placements in helping young people to weather the storm
Becci Newton, 10 July 2020
The government’s Plan for Jobs: a comprehensive response to the crisis, but challenges remain
Tony Wilson, 08 July 2020
Are apprenticeships the way out of this recession?
Becci Newton, 02 July 2020
What are the long-term impacts for people who graduate into a recession?
Becci Newton, 29 June 2020
Six tests for the government’s not-a-budget next month
Tony Wilson, 26 June 2020
We need to start using the C word! Why career guidance needs to be at the heart of our response to Covid-19
Tristram Hooley, 25 June 2020
What’s going on with the unemployment data?
Tony Wilson, 23 June 2020
Cut taxes or spend more? Tackling unemployment at next month's budget
Tony Wilson, 4 June 2020
This is the biggest employment crisis that we’ve faced – we now need to respond
Tony Wilson, 26 May 2020
Covid-19: What next for employers?
Ed Griffin, 12 May 2020
The impact of Covid-19 and MOT extensions on independent garages in the motor industry - an explainer
Georgie Akehurst, 12 May 2020
Why are nurseries in financial trouble? An explainer
Helena Takala, 05 May 2020
'Falling through the cracks' or 'left in limbo' - fixing the holes in our safety net
Tony Wilson 27 April 2020
Careers Leaders can help young people navigate an uncertain economic future
Helena Takala and Joy Williams 23 April 2020
We've never seen a month like this one - now we need to start planning for the recovery
Tony Wilson 21 April 2020
What next for the older workers losing their jobs to coronavirus?
Kim Chaplain 17 April 2020
Youth employment challenges in a post COVID-19 recession - is education the best protection?
Becci Newton 7 April 2020
Conference calls, coughs and children: Can parents really work from home?
James Cockett 25 March 2020
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
Employment programmes in times of 'full employment': The implications for employment advisers and participants
Rosie Gloster & Helena Takala, 11 March 2020
International Women'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
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
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
Career engagment: What more can be done to support career management in the workplace?
Liz Hey & Rosie Gloster, 11 July 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
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
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
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
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
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
Brexit and higher education: the impact on students one year on
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
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
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
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
The Queen's Speech: full employment and productivity – do the numbers add up?
Nigel Meager, 29 May
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