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    Changing Roles for Senior Managers

    Kettley P, Strebler M T | Apr 1997 | Institute for Employment Studies

    This report pulls together the different perspectives of 17 of the UK's leading employers plus over 50 senior managers, on just what it now takes to be effective at the top and what will be needed along the way. This report is third in a series exploring employers' skill requirements and how they are changing, in eight different occupations.

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    Skills, Competencies and Gender: Issues for Pay and Training

    Strebler M, Thompson M, Heron P | Apr 1997 | Institute for Employment Studies

    Corporate training and payment systems based on skills and competencies are becoming more widespread among UK organisations. This study, commissioned by the Equal Opportunities Commission, explores the gender implications of the increasing tendency of organisations to make payments to staff on the basis of an assessment of individual skills or level of training, and on an assessment of individual competencies.

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    Teleworking: Guidelines for Good Practice

    Huws U | Mar 1997 | Institute for Employment Studies

    The introduction of teleworking presents major new challenges to human resource managers, trade unions and others involved in the development of good employment practices. These practical guidelines also recognise that 'teleworking' is not a single category, but covers at least five distinct groups with different needs. They are based on existing good practice in each area, identified through a comparative analysis of existing agreements across Europe.

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    Who Cares? The business benefits of carer-friendly employment practices

    Bevan S, Kettley P, Patch A | Mar 1997 | Institute for Employment Studies

    Social and demographic changes are involving an increasing number of families in caring responsibilities: for children, sick, disabled or elderly family members. Is this keeping skilled people out of the labour market? And what is the cost to employers in terms of productivity, sickness absence and staff turnover? This report examines the effects on employers of adopting carer-friendly employment practices, and concludes that there are clearly demonstrable business and competitive benefits to be had.

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    Equal Opportunities in Social Science Research Careers

    Court G, Rick J, Dench S, La Valle I, Moralee J | Jan 1997 | Institute for Employment Studies

    This publication is no longer available. Commissioned by the ESRC, the focus of this study was on women’s careers in social science research. It assessed the situation of women researchers in social sciences, by sector and discipline. It examined issues of career prospects and barriers, as raised during interviews with women researchers at different stages in their careers.

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    Measurement of Employment in High Technology Sectors at the Regional Level

    Jagger N, Perryman S | Jan 1997 | Institute for Employment Studies

    Commissioned by Eurostat (the European Commission’s statistical body) the study represents a feasibility study into the ways in which high technology employment can be measured at the regional level across the European Union. The study examines a definition of high technology employment and then uses the UK Labour Force Survey to test the reliability of estimates based on this definition. This publication is no longer available.

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    Employers' Use of the National Record of Achievement

    Kodz J, Atkinson J, Hillage J, Maginn A, Perryman S | Jan 1997 | Institute for Employment Studies

    The National Record of Achievement was a document, in a nationally recognised format, issued to school leavers to set out their skills, experience and achievements. It could provide employers with a convenient and comprehensible record of what a job had applicant done and could do. This study, commissioned by the Department for Education and Employment, examined how employers were using the NRA, the ways they felt it could be improved, as well as the factors which inhibited wider use amongst employers.

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    The Costs and Benefits of the Noise at Work Regulations 1989

    Honey S, Hillage J, Jagger N, Morris S | Jan 1997 | Health and Safety Executive

    As part of a review of the Noise at Work Regulations (1989) IES was commissioned to assess the costs and benefits to employers directly and indirectly arising from the regulations. The assessment was based on a postal survey of an achieved a sample of 1,889 organisations with five or more employees, supplemented by a literature review, follow-up telephone and face to face interviews with 51 respondents and more detailed case studies.

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    Evaluation of the Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992

    Honey S, Hillage J, Frost D, La Valle I | Jan 1997 | Health and Safety Executive

    This study for the Health and Safety Executive aimed to evaluate the aspects of the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) legislation which were specific to the Regulations. The objectives of the study were to provide background information on the use of DSE; assess employers' understanding of the Regulations; review the nature and extent of the actions taken in order to comply with the Regulations; gather views of DSE users and explore the costs and benefits of the actions taken.

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    Outsourcing: a Flexible Option for the Future?

    Reilly P, Tamkin P | Dec 1996 | Institute for Employment Studies

    This report was published at a time of continuing employer appetite for flexible work arrangements, set against a background of legal and political uncertainty. It sets out arguments for and against outsourcing, and emphasises the need for careful evaluation of the benefits to be found, and the risks involved. This publication is no longer available.