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Skills Gap in UK – 9/10 of employers say that they struggle with skills gaps

The UK is in the grip of a skills crisis that is affecting many of our industries and impacting productivity, growth and ultimately the bottom lines of businesses across the country. Our education system is simply not well aligned to the needs of industry and employer investment in skills development has not recovered since the … Continue reading

Future Skills Challenges for Universities in UK – Nearly 50% of the subject knowledge acquired during the first year of a four-year technical degree is outdated by the time students graduate

Educating more people at university could bring significant benefits to the UK economy as the Fourth Industrial Revolution increases future demand for higher level skills. The onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and digital technology – and challenges of Brexit and an ageing population are creating rising demand for those with qualifications above … Continue reading

Careers Strategy in UK – A third of the time, the minimum experiences of seven encounters with employers are not taking place

The government’s Careers Strategy tasked schools and colleges with providing each young person a minimum of seven encounters with employers (at least one encounter per year) and at least two opportunities for workplace experiences. 90% of 15,025 surveyed teenagers agreed that work experience had helped them better understand why it is important to do well … Continue reading

The Ethnicity Pay Gap in UK – Much larger for ethnic minority men born abroad and much smaller for ethnic minority women

This research report explores the ethnicity pay gap, which is defined as the difference between the average hourly pay of ethnic minorities and White British people. It is usually expressed as a percentage difference, with White British people’s earnings representing 100%. As well as looking at differences in pay and trends over time, the research … Continue reading

The Apprenticeship Levy In UK – A substantial reduction in apprenticeship numbers

Over half of today’s 19-year-olds are engaged in either work, training, vocational study or an apprenticeship, the last of which being a government priority. This morning, the Department for Education published figures outlining the number of people who started an apprenticeship in May, with May marking one year since the apprenticeship levy and its associated … Continue reading

Internships in UK – The high cost of working unpaid

Internships continue to be unpaid, unadvertised and unfair. This brief highlights the high cost of working unpaid in the UK, but research suggests that many young people are still being asked to work unpaid. Additionally, recent research suggests that many employers continue to give out internships informally, locking out young people without professional networks and … Continue reading

Wages in UK – The typical pay rise for someone switching jobs is, on average, around 2.5 times higher than for someone remaining in the same job

Analysing pay growth for those in continuous employment. Figure 5 does this by showing the median pay rise for those remaining in the same job from year-to-year and those remaining in employment but switching jobs. Typical pay change for people remaining in work over a year Source: RF analysis of ONS, ASHE (post April 2017 … Continue reading

Apprenticeship in UK – The number starts has been driven mainly by those over 25 years of age

In recent weeks, there has been much controversy over the slowdown in the number of apprenticeship starts and the potential connection with the change in the funding system. The context is one in which there is a government target to have 3 million apprenticeship starts between 2015 and 2020. In the light of recent controversies, … Continue reading

Higher Education and Earnings – Studying the same subject at a different institution can yield a very different premium

Each year more than 350,000 students start Higher Education (HE) degrees in England at a total cost of around £17 billion paid by graduates in repayments on student loans and the taxpayer (Belfield et al., 2017). This represents a significant investment and has the potential to have considerable implications for the students’ later-life outcomes. Students … Continue reading

UK – Is low pay is the first step towards better-paid, better-skilled ?

The coming years will be pivotal for the UK’s labour market. Along with new questions raised by Brexit, the responses to longstanding issues dogging firms and workers alike will be key. When it comes to action points, Britain’s woeful productivity growth since the financial crisis is top of the list but not far below is … Continue reading

Gender Gap of Full-Time and Part-Time in UK – Working part-time after childbirth hold back women’s wages

Gender differences in rates of full-time and part-time paid work after childbirth are an important driver of differences in hourly wages between men and women. This is because they affect the amount and type of labour market experience that men and women build up, and this experience affects the hourly wage levels they can command. … Continue reading

Apprenticeship in England, United Kingdom – There is still some way to go to establish an apprenticeship system to match those of the strongest countries OECD says

Across many countries, apprenticeship is now experiencing a revival, in the light of a wide range of evidence demonstrating its effectiveness as a means of transitioning young people into work, and serving the economy. But few countries can match the energy and range of reforms currently being pursued in England. Key findings England has launched … Continue reading

Accreditation in UK – It enhances on-the-job training but only in private sector organisations

Britain has lagged behind the G7 countries in labour productivity in recent years. There is also an emerging concern about a potential post-Brexit skills deficit. Upskilling the existing workforce via on-the-job training may be a vital policy tool available. This paper empirically examines the upskilling impact of a UK government-backed accreditation scheme, Investors in People … Continue reading

The First Full Year of the Apprenticeships Levy in UK – The number of people starting an apprenticeship over 40 per cent lower

Now that the apprenticeship levy has completed its first full year of operation, this report reviews the available evidence to determine whether the levy will, as the Government hopes, “incentivise more employers to provide quality apprenticeships” and “transform the lives of young people who secure them”. The levy itself is, in effect, a tax of … Continue reading

Youth Unemployment in UK – Transition to work is still inconsistent for many

To be a country that works for everyone, youth unemployment must be addressed. Consistent and engaging support for young people in school and as they transition through education and employment is key to reducing youth unemployment. This transition is still inconsistent for many young people across the UK. This report highlights the challenges that some … Continue reading

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