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  • Innovative working practices

    Newsletter articles

    1 Apr 2010

  • Improving access to work

    Newsletter articles

    1 Feb 2010

    The Access to Work programme (AtW) has been operating in the UK since 1994 and is designed for people with long-term health conditions and impairments who require additional support to take up work or to do their job. It aims to reduce inequalities between disabled people and non-disabled people in the workplace by removing practical barriers to work.

  • Comparing national approaches to managing restructuring

    Newsletter articles

    1 Feb 2010

    The current difficult economic climate has made an impact all around the EU – as we are seeing in this issue of employment studies – causing businesses to close and resulting in workers losing their jobs. The way in which governments, public agencies, social partners and other involved parties are managing this differs throughout the EU.

  • Whither Welfare-to-Work? IES policy conference report

    Newsletter articles

    1 Feb 2010

    With a general election on the horizon, a period of public spending cuts ahead and the effects of the recession putting the UK’s welfare system under increased strain, the fourth IES policy conference provided a timely opportunity to draw together labour market experts to discuss ‘whither goes welfare-to-work?’

  • The EU response to the economic crisis

    Newsletter articles

    1 Feb 2010

    The world financial crisis of 2008 and the ensuing recession has led the EU to rethink its approach and priorities in relation to employment and labour market policies. We review the main activities and communications from the EU institutions over the past year, as policymakers try to mitigate the employment impact of the recession and try to support EU member states in their efforts to pursue active labour market policies.

  • Peer reviews in EU social protection and social inclusion

    Newsletter articles

    1 Feb 2010

    IES has, since 2006, been involved in a consortium led by Austrian partners (ÖSB Consulting) to deliver a programme of ‘Peer Reviews in Social Inclusion’, on behalf of the European Commission (since 2008, the Peer Review programme has been extended to cover the area of ‘social protection’, ie policies towards pensions, healthcare and long-term care).

  • Greening the European economy

    Newsletter articles

    1 Feb 2010

    How to ensure that Europe’s economy is in a fit state to face up to the future challenges of alternative energy sourcing and the demands of climate change is an issue that has been steadily gaining importance on the political and social policy agenda in recent years. The future green economy is something that touches on many social and employment policy areas, including labour market planning, skills and competence building, and the protection of vulnerable social groups. In this article, we review the main findings of recent IES research looking at EU policy in this area.

  • IES VIEWPOINT: a different downturn?

    Newsletter articles

    1 Feb 2010

    In the previous issue, I expressed the view that the UK labour market might perform somewhat better in the current recession than many commentators predicted. The evidence so far is consistent with this view: in GDP terms, the UK recession is much deeper than both of the last two recessions, yet the fall in the employment rate is somewhat less severe than either.

  • What are the impacts of economic migration to the UK?

    Newsletter articles

    1 Jul 2008

    Rachel Marangozov considers the key trends and characteristics of migration to the UK and measures its impact on the UK economy.