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Future of Work in UK – The demographic changes

The Youth Commission aims to find ways to improve education and employment opportunities for England’s 16-24-year olds. Its first report identified five key challenges: • Better supporting 700,000 young people not in education, employment or training; • Increasing the number of young people qualified to at least Level 3; • Improving attainment in literacy and … Continue reading

Degree Apprenticeships in UK – The number is rapidly increasing

Degree apprenticeships are a success story. The number of people starting degree apprenticeships is rapidly increasing, the range of apprenticeships on offer is broadening and the first degree apprentices have recently graduated. But progress developing degree apprenticeships in England is being held back by poor levels of awareness among school pupils, parents and employers. Bold … Continue reading

Job Polarisation in the UK – The large increase in graduate numbers contributed to it

The increasing ability of technology to replace workers in performing easier-to-codify “routine” tasks has been singled out in the literature as the main driver of “job polarisation”, i.e. the decline in the share of mid-pay mid-skill jobs observed in several developed countries. Recent contributions, however, have highlighted that the occupational wage patterns observed in many … Continue reading

Employers’ Recruitment Practices in UK – 9 percentage point reduction in the proportion of employers who monitor the age of their workforce during recruitment

This report presents the findings from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employer engagement survey 2018, conducted by IFF Research. The employer engagement survey 2018 is the third wave of a cross-sectional representative survey of 4,201 employers across Great Britain. The survey was conducted between February and July 2018 and the previous waves of … Continue reading

Apprenticeships in UK – Should be broader, higher quality, better prepared

Apprenticeships are seen as the jewel in the crown of technical education in the UK. While they are generally perceived positively by the businesses and apprentices involved, and some significant progress has been made in recent years, there is no doubt that this particular jewel risks becoming significantly tarnished. Our evidence shows that, with the … Continue reading

Education in UK – The pace of growth in young people’s educational attainment has more than halved since the start of the 21st century

This paper uses the Brexit moment to take stock of where Britain has got to on educational attainment, and where we might be heading. It highlights that while improvements to the country’s human capital stock have been driven by increasingly educated cohorts of young people flowing into the labour market, the pace of growth in … Continue reading

Skills in UK – Over the last decade, the rate of improvement has slowed report says

Learning and skills play a central role in driving economic growth, promoting social justice and supporting inclusive communities. Over the last decade, economic growth has been slower than in the preceding decades. Independent forecasts suggest this is a permanent fall in the UK economy’s speed limit. This is neither inevitable nor unavoidable. Seismic shifts in the … Continue reading

The Social Care Workforce Crisis in UK – Linked to low pay and poor working conditions

Adult social care is an essential public service and a growing part of our economy. However, the social care system in England faces a workforce crisis which is set to grow in the coming years; by 2028, we estimate there will be a shortage of over 400,000 workers in social care. The challenges of recruiting … Continue reading

Minimum Wage in UK – National Living Wage (NLW) at 60 per cent of median earnings by October 2020

This Monday, the 1st April, 2 million people working minimum-wage jobs will start the week with a pay rise. The National Living Wage (NLW), the rate that applies to 25+ year olds, will rise by 38p, from £7.83 to £8.21. We project that this will increase the number of people paid at the wage floor … Continue reading

Career Choices in UK – Less than half of young people stay on at school after the age of 16

Insight into the data behind the educa onal and career choices that young people make at 16 and 18 Over 400,000 students in England’s mainstream schools and colleges nish A levels or equivalent quali cations every year. In this report we follow the routes they take from the age of 15 or 16 as they … Continue reading

Apprenticeships in UK – The National Audit Office Report: is it providing value for money ?

This report assesses whether the apprenticeships programme is providing value for money. Background to the report The Department for Education is accountable for the apprenticeships programme, including securing value for money. The Education and Skills Funding Agency is responsible for apprenticeships policy and funding, and for overseeing the delivery of apprenticeships. The apprenticeships programme is … Continue reading

Redundancy in UK – The shrinking of the retail workforce has been happening for 15 years now

The closure of some big names shops (think HMV) has been hogging the news for the last 15 months. But the truth is the shrinking of the retail workforce has been happening for 15 years now. From an economy wide perspective we might not worry – the reductions in retail jobs have easily been absorbed … Continue reading

UK’s Jobs Growth in 2018 – People with disabilities account for three-quarters of the gains and ethnic minorities for over a quarter

The UK’s jobs surge of recent years should not be underestimated, just because it’s old news. With unemployment hovering just above 4 per cent all year it’s easy to forget that as recently as 2016 the Office for Budget Responsibility thought 5.5 per cent was as low as we could sustainably go. We live and … Continue reading

Pay Gaps in UK – The requirement for companies to publish their gender pay gaps came into effect in early April

This requirement for transparency has led to some major embarrassments for UK companies. The bank JP Morgan, for instance, reported a 54 per cent median pay gap. But it also sparked a wider push, both within firms and across business, to identify the causes of – and possible solutions to – Britain’s ongoing gender pay … Continue reading

Employers and Higher Education in US – Broad learning is essential and participation in internships or apprenticeships gives an edge they say

Employers continue to endorse broad learning as essential to long-term career success. When hiring, executives and hiring managers place a high priority on graduates’ demonstrated proficiency in skills and knowledge that cut across majors, and hiring managers are closely aligned with executives in the importance that they place on key college learning outcomes. As noted … Continue reading

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