Progression in Employment

IES Briefing

Report 518 | Institute for Employment Studies | Apr 2019

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This report is published by IES with the support of JPMorgan Chase Foundation under their global New Skills at Work initiative.

New research demonstrates the benefits of employers in the retail, hospitality, health and social care sectors supporting the progression of low-skilled, low-paid workers. In spite of challenges in terms of market pressures and demand fluctuations, employers that support low-skilled workers report reputational benefits, improvements in service quality and reductions in employee turnover.

The Progression in Employment project is designed to capture evidence and insights on developing and implementing upskilling pathways for low-skilled adults within four critical sectors (Retail, Hospitality, Health and Social Care) across six countries (Sweden, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain). The project is identifying effective employer practice in supporting the in-work progression of low-skilled adults, and aims to share the learning widely to inform and influence employer policy and practice.