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The Work Foundation

The Work Foundation is a 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.

Our History

The Work Foundation builds upon the legacy of the Industrial Society, out of which we were born in 2002. Since our establishment by Sir Robert Hyde on 3 April 1918, we have worked to break down the barriers individuals and communities face in accessing good work.

Our mission

We believe everyone should have access to secure, rewarding and high-quality work. By engaging directly with workers, employers, policymakers and leading academics, we deliver rigorous applied research to tackle structural inequalities in the labour market and improve working lives across the UK.

Part of a world class Management School

Although based in London, we are part of Lancaster University Management School, and work with a range of academics across our research programmes. This enables us to harness the research produced within the School and provide new and impactful insights for practitioners and policymakers. We also work with a range of external partners and organisations across our various research and engagement activities.