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Monthly round-up from the Institute for Employment Studies

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IES Monthly Round-up: January 2021

Publications

Laid Low: The impacts of the Covid-19 crisis on low-paid and insecure workers
Funded by Standard Life Foundation, this is the final report of a mixed methods project exploring the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on low paid workers. This report presents new analysis from the Labour Force Survey, a summary of in-depth research with forty low-paid workers conducted after the first lockdown, and findings from a series of workshops and interviews with stakeholders involved in research, advocacy and public policy on low pay.

Labour Market Statistics, January 2021
This briefing note sets out analysis of the Labour Market Statistics published on 26 January. Figures suggest that the labour market had stopped deteriorating towards the end of last year and that the bottom may have been reached for the first part of the crisis.  However while the labour market appears to have stopped reversing, it could probably best be described as stuck in neutral – with very little sign of any sustained recovery. 

Shut Out: How employers and recruiters are overlooking the talents of over 50s workers
This is the first report in a series from Ageing Better’s Good Recruitment for Older Workers (GROW) project. This report looks at the current and future recruitment landscape for older workers. 

Covid class of 2020, and beyond: Supporting Sussex learners and potential learners
Sussex Learning Network (SLN) commissioned IES to lead research to support its implementation of a collaborative ‘Pan Sussex’ approach to ensuring all learners and potential learners in Sussex (young people and adults) are able to make effective transitions within education and training as a protective measure against the economic storm created by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Digital learning in a post Covid-19 economy: An evidence review
This report presents the findings from an evidence review that the Institute of Employment Studies was commissioned to carry out by the CIPD on digital and online learning within adult vocational education and in the workplace.

Blogs

Policy

Research during a pandemic: Evaluating interventions in the early years with nursery and school disruption  
Anneka Dawson details how IES has managed to continue research evaluations for nurseries and schools during the unprecedented disruption of Covid-19. 

HR

Work stress and Covid-19
In a guest-authored blog, Tejal Fatania considers the sources of stress which can be experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic and suggests how employers can minimise negative staff impacts. 

One for the ‘road’? How can employers help staff who turn to alcohol during the latest lockdown?
Zofia Bajorek highlights the issue of increased alcohol consumption during lockdown and what employers can do to help staff who are using alcohol as a coping mechanism. 

Events

Restart Programme action and analysis, 11 January
Tony Wilson presented his analysis of the new, £2.9 billion Restart programme for the long-term unemployed at this joint event hosted by the Employment Related Services Association and the Institute for Employability Professionals.  The presentation covers the proposed design of the programme, the commissioning and funding model, how bids will be assessed, and what works in employment programme delivery.  A full recording can be found here

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