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Monthly round-up from the Institute for Employment Studies

IES Monthly Round-up: December 2020

Publications

The Impacts of the Coronavirus Crisis on the Labour Market
This paper sets out analysis of the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, using quarterly and longitudinal Labour Force Survey data covering the period from July to September 2020. It focuses in particular on: understanding which jobs and groups have been most likely to be away from work, working fewer hours, or to have left work; what is driving the growth in economic inactivity since the crisis began; and which sectors and occupations are shrinking and growing most strongly through the crisis.

Labour Market Statistics, December 2020
This briefing note sets out analysis of the Labour Market Statistics published on 15 December. They show that the labour market was starting to recover through September and October, and that the impacts of the second lockdown in November appear to have been fairly muted so far.

Promoting an Age-Inclusive Workforce
This report debunks several myths and demonstrates the positive impact of age diversity and inclusion on a firm’s long-term competitive growth and organisational resilience.

Global Wage Report 2020-21
This report, by the International Labour Organization, examines the evolution of real wages around the world, giving a unique picture of wage trends globally and by region.

Blogs

Policy
Call for participation: Health Foundation and IES youth employment policy project needs your voice
In her latest blog, Cristiana Orlando invites services and partners with a stake in youth employment to become involved in the IES Health Foundation youth employment policy project.

Events

Work & Pensions select committee 16/12/2020
IES Director Tony Wilson gave evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee on government support for the unemployed – covering in particular the proposed design of the new Restart programme, ‘what works’ in supporting the long-term unemployed, and the need for more joined-up and specialist support for the most disadvantaged. You can watch the session here.

Obesity Stigma at Work: Improving Inclusion and Productivity 15/12/2020
As part of the ongoing PURPOSE programme, Zofia Bajorek, Stephen Bevan, Duncan Brown and Dame Carol Black discussed obesity and employment and what can be done to reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by those living with obesity in the workplace. A recording of the event is available here.

Working from home: Transitions and Tensions webinar 10/12/2020
Stephen Bevan discussed how the Covid-19 accidental experiment around working from home is changing the way the UK will work after lockdown. This was the first event in a series to share the emerging findings of an eighteen-month research project titled Work After Lockdown, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Watch the video online here.

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