Many people who receive Universal Credit (UC) face conditionality requirements which can impact on their ability to take part in training activity. Through qualitative interviews, this research explored how the training aspirations of people on UC are influenced by the conditionality requirements they are required to meet.
The Work Foundation is the leading think tank for improving work in the UK. We have been an authoritative, independent source of ideas and analysis on the labour market and the wider economy for over a hundred years.
The Covid-19 pandemic has fundamentally shifted the way in which people work, with a rise in remote and hybrid working. While many workers, businesses and sectors have benefited from changing working practices during the pandemic, disabled people bore the brunt of the pandemic’s economic consequences and experienced higher rates of unemployment and redundancies than non-disabled people.
The Chancellor has set out comprehensive tax reforms along with a support package for employers to manage rising energy crisis. But this radical shift in approach, coupled with pressures for people getting Universal Credit, represent a gamble with our economy and living standards.
The cost of living crisis is preventing workers from benefiting from the most competitive labour market the UK has seen in decades
Low unemployment and record vacancies have seen employers struggle to recruit. Although some workers have managed to secure better pay as a result, inflation is outpacing wages and expected to do so increasingly into next year. This article sets out what this means for the labour market and what Government can do about it.
Despite unemployment falling to lows not seen in nearly half a century, this quarter saw an alarming increase in the number of people who are out of work and not looking for a job. Alongside the Government’s support for energy bills announced last week, Ministers must develop a Plan for Participation for the labour market, which should include supporting those who want to get into work and driving up job standards.
These two briefings that set out the policy implications of research were undertaken to assess the drivers of digital poverty among rural communities in the North West of England, with recommendation set out both for regional and national policy makers.
In the first of our new guest blog series on insecure work, David Taylor and Simone Cheng (Senior Policy Advisers at Acas), explore the complex challenges of insecure work.
This guide to digital boundaries and disconnection at work, produced jointly by the Work Foundation and Prospect, explores the implications of an 'always on' culture for businesses, teams and individuals, and lays out key principles to help employers develop their own approaches that support workers to fully disengage from work outside of core hours and when on leave.
The cost of living crisis is pushing people into financial trouble, here are some steps employers are taking to support employees and what else could be done
We often discuss the role of the Government in supporting employees during the cost of living crisis, but it is equally important to understand what employers can do to support workers’ financial wellbeing. Here are some steps employers are taking and what else they could do.
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Since Covid-19, we've seen a sharp increase in the proportion of people aged 50-65 who have stopped working and aren’t looking for work (economically inactive). New data from the @ONS today provides important answers on the key drivers for this trend. A thread ⬇️ (1/9) https://t.co/MtnrQSzTWL