Linda Barber


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Principal Associate

+44(0)1273 763 400

Now a Principal Associate, Linda originally joined IES in 1991 having graduated in Psychology and Computer Models. Until 2010, she was an IES Senior Consultant in the area of human resource management, and was involved in and led many research and consultancy studies for organisations in the public and private sectors.

Her main areas of experience are recruitment and retention, staff attitudes, employee learning and development, and graduates. Linda also led the UK’s leading research that showed how employee attitudes and customer satisfaction can be linked to bottom line business performance measures.

Linda also has extensive experience of labour market research, particularly the graduate labour market. She takes forward the Institute’s work on employers’ demand for graduates and retention issues and developed the IES Graduate Value Chain. She also lead the bi-annual Salaries and Vacancies surveys for the Association of Graduate recruiters for three years.

She has been involved with the design and analysis of numerous attitude surveys and her work in Employee Learning and Development has involved auditing career and development processes. She has also been involved with evaluating internal vacancy filling systems and an MBA programme. During 1999 she also helped evaluate the impact of Investors in People in the Civil Service.

Research publications

Articles and chapters

  • The journey to the job of chief executive, Barber L, Pickering C, Health Service Journal, June 2010
  • Viewpoint: NHS chief executives provide a 'refreshingly different and positive story' about leadership in the UK, Barber L, Training Journal, June 2010
  • Market forces, Barber L, HR and Training Journal, no. 6, June 2009
  • Fishing for Talent in a Wider Pool, Barber L, Graduate Market Trends, AGR, Summer 2005
  • Graduate Schemes - A Changing Picture, Connor H, Hirsh W, Barber L, Graduate Market Trends, CSU, Spring 2003
  • The changing face of HR, Barber L, Dench S, Tamkin P, Quality World, August 1999

Conference appearances

  • What graduates really want (and how do they expect to get there)?, Pollard E, Barber L, Millmore B, The Tough Guide to Graduate Recruitment, AGR Graduate Development Conference, AGR, London, March 2009
  • Attracting and Developing Talent, Barber L, Hirsh W, HR Society, Hard Edge Workshop, HR Society, London, November 2005
  • The Graduate Value Chain, Barber L, ACACHE conference, The Association of Careers Advisers in Colleges offering Higher Education, London, April 2004
  • Measuring effectiveness using the scorecard concept, Barber L, Using scorecards to align people and business strategies, IRS/William M Mercer Ltd, London, March 2001
  • Is Cinderella going to the ball? The relationship between customer and employer satisfaction, Pearson R, Barber L, Market Research Society conference, Market Research Society, Brighton, March 1999
  • Retaining Key People, Robinson D, Barber L, IPD Recruitment Forum, IPD, London, March 1998