Progression in Employment: A cross country data analysis

The Progression in Employment project

Capuano S, Cockett J |   | Institute for Employment Studies | Feb 2020

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The Progression in Employment project, of which this paper forms a part, is designed to capture evidence and insights on developing and implementing upskilling pathways for low-skilled adults. The project aims to identify effective employer practice in supporting the in-work progression of adults in low-skilled and low-paid work, and to share the learning from this practice with employers through the creation of an employer toolkit and a range of dissemination activities.

The purpose of this report is to describe and analyse progression in employment amongst low-skilled workers across six European countries (Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Sweden and the UK), and with particular reference to four sectors (retail, hospitality, health and social care), using existing European datasets. Progression in employment across Europe has been subject to little previous quantitative research. This paper extends previous descriptive and aggregate analysis by using econometric techniques to investigate the main drivers of progression. 

This report is published by IES with the support of J.P. Morgan under their global New Skills at Work initiative.