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Race Inequality in the Workforce in UK – 11 recommendations for government and employers

The effect of Covid-19 on the labour market has impacted specific groups of workers more than others, including those with an ethnic minority background. The report makes 11 recommendations for government and employers to ensure both that job quality is protected for all and that groups at particular risk are safeguarded. 1 A multi-year jobs … Continue reading

Firm Investments in Skills in UK – EU Referendum and the Financial Crisis made firms less likely to increase expenditure on worker training

Investments in both human and physical capital are key drivers of economic growth and productivity gains. The United Kingdom has had a turbulent recent history, being strongly affected by the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 and more recently voting to leave the European Union, its largest trading partner. We use firm-level survey data for the … Continue reading

Covid and Self-Employed in UK – 58 per cent reporting having less work than usual in August

Six months after Covid-19 first hit, it is clear that it is the greatest economic crisis of the modern age. The economy has contracted far more rapidly than in previous crises, with GDP dropping by a record 19.5 per cent in April, and despite four subsequent consecutive monthly increases since then, remaining 9.2 per cent … Continue reading

Learning through Lockdown in UK – 22 million people or 43%, but participation varied enormously across different groups

The 2020 Adult Participation in Learning Survey explores people’s experiences of learning since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic and the national lockdown introduced on 23 March 2020. This includes why people chose to learn through lockdown, how they learnt, the barriers they experienced, and their intentions to continue learning in the future. The survey … Continue reading

Covid and Jobs in UK – 9 per cent of those previously furloughed had lost their jobs

This report presents new evidence on the effects of the coronavirus crisis on workers. It uses the results of a new survey of 6,000 working-age adults to highlight which groups have struggled the most as the crisis has evolved, who is at risk as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is replaced by the Job Support … Continue reading

Covid, Work and Automation in UK – Industries with the highest level of furlough take-up are considerably more likely to be at risk

Covid-19 looks likely to create ‘a tsunami of job losses’. There are also signs the pandemic could rapidly accelerate the pace of technological change. This report explores how these forces could interact to fundamentally reshape the labour market. We set out a risk register that combines an analysis of the impacts of the pandemic on … Continue reading

Covid and Healthcare Sector in UK – Increasing recruitment over the next 6 months and frozen training activities

The pressure of working in the healthcare sector during the pandemic has led to many staff retiring or resigning. Several professionals have become ill themselves which has resulted in long-term sick leave and in some cases death. This has meant that roles have become vacant and skills gaps have occurred. As a result, nearly half … Continue reading

Covid and Long-Term Unemployment in UK – Eight design intervention principles

Long-term unemployment could hit 1.6 million in 2021-22 – a 600% increase and the highest since 1994. These are our estimates, based on Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) scenarios for total unemployment. People become long-term unemployed when they have been out of work for 12 months and it scars individuals, families, and communities for years … Continue reading

Getting Britain Back to Work – The employment and skills response

Unemployment spiked sharply as a result of the coronavirus crisis and associated social distancing restrictions. During March and April 2020 around 2.5 million individuals made claims for Universal Credit, with claims running at seven times usual levels at the peak. The number of vacancies in the economy has fallen by three fifths, and it is … Continue reading

Employer Skills Survey in UK – Key findings across the ESS series (2015 – 2019)

The UK economy has seen sustained economic growth after emerging from the recession of the late 2000s, and this has continued since the last wave of Employer Skills Survey (ESS) in 2017. ONS data shows that at the second quarter of 2019, when ESS 2019 fieldwork began, job creation was at its highest level since … Continue reading

Apprenticeship Levy in UK – Type of apprentice (career starter, career changer or upskiller) impacted on the value and effectiveness of prior learning assessments

The apprenticeship levy was introduced in 2017 as part of wider reforms to improve apprenticeship quality and employer engagement.This research provides insight into the impact of the levy on employers’ decision-making and whether levy funds were used for additional training or to replace other forms of training. It also explores how employers and providers assess … Continue reading

Apprenticeships after Covid in UK – What future ?

The Covid-19 pandemic outbreak and the ensuing economic uncertainty caused interruptions to apprenticeship training. This is putting the future of apprenticeships at risk just at the time when they will be most needed to protect employment and sustain the recovery. Apprenticeships offer a mix of training on the job and additional off-the-job training. This is … Continue reading

The College of the Future in UK – Upskilling people, backing business, driving innovation and addressing skills gaps

What do we want and need from our colleges from 2030 onwards, and how do we get there? These were the simple, yet fundamental questions the Commission set out to answer when it began work in Spring 2019. As the Commission culminates, this report is a rallying cry for radical and decisive action – enabling … Continue reading

Skills in UK – Nine out of ten employees will need to reskill by 2030 : a strategy

Last month, the CBI welcomed the Prime Minister’s bold steps to help solve the urgent skills challenge facing the UK. But research carried out prior to the pandemic suggests the country is now at a fork in the road. Invest more in adult education to level up opportunity across the country and boost competitiveness. Or … Continue reading

Online Learning in UK – Two thirds of the workforce use it to help with work

The Learning Curve, a new report by Demos, supported by Google, finds that 10% of the UK’s economy output can be linked to online learning. Demos polled 20,000 people in the biggest report of its kind looking at online learning habits and their impact on people’s lives in the UK. That research was paired with in … Continue reading

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