Workforce, Skills and Employment

Helping businesses and policymakers to understand what works in employment policy, from employment support, employee health and wellbeing to organisational structure.

Research, commentary, and events

  • Two engineers using CAD programming software on laptop, photo by Monkey Business Images/Adobe Stock

    Project

    Improving working conditions using artificial intelligence

    08 Jun 2021

    Increasing investment in technology and computer literacy, and updating existing labour market and employment rules and regulations, could enable AI to reduce human exposure to harmful and hazardous workplace conditions and create more quality and decent jobs.

  • Man having panic attack in office, photo by Pixel-Shot/Adobe Stock

    Project

    Reviewing the work and health research landscape

    28 May 2021

    Researchers are examining landscape of funding for research on health and employment in the UK to help the Work and Health Unit (a joint unit between DHSC and the Department for Work and Pensions) in formulating future research strategies.

  • A dejected young businessman sitting alone on a park bench in London on a rainy day, photo by RichLegg/Getty Images

    Project

    Evaluating England's youth employment infrastructure

    25 May 2021

    The youth employment sector in England has gone through substantial changes over the last several years, in part due to underfunding, structural changes and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. RAND Europe is studying the role of infrastructure organisations in strengthening the sector.

  • Seven business people holding white cards with letters to assemble the word SUPPORT, photo by Gaj Rudolf/Adobe Stock

    Project

    Evaluating individual placement and support (IPS) and the IPS Grow initiative

    24 Mar 2021

    IPS Grow aims to speed the implementation of high-quality individual placement and support for people with serious mental illness to find employment. A programme evaluation found that the support provided by IPS Grow Regional Leads and networking available through Communities of Practice were particularly helpful.

  • Mother working on a laptop while holding her  baby, photo by monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Helping Mothers Return to Work Is a Gender Equality Issue

    Employers and policymakers play a crucial role in ensuring that women are not unnecessarily disadvantaged when they have children. Policies such as access to family leave, job protection, and childcare options can play a large role.

  • Mother holding baby and working at her computer, photo by Burlingham/Adobe Stock

    Project

    Incentivising parents to return to the labour market after parental leave

    25 Nov 2020

    Employers in the EU have a wide range of options to incentivise parents of young children to return to work. Government policies addressing the unequal distribution of unpaid (care) work and reducing the gender pay gap would also help increase the employment of mothers.

  • High angle view of the city of Cambridge, UK, photo by offcaania/AdobeStock

    Project

    How quality of life informs local decision making

    29 Jul 2020

    Quality of life measures have shaped decision making when planned and implemented early, but there is little evidence to suggest that such measures are being used by local authorities and decision makers.

  • Careers advisor meeting female university student, photo by Monkey Business Images/Adobe Stock

    Project

    Examining the quality of career guidance in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

    21 Jul 2020

    Surveying 54 secondary schools and colleges and interviewing 10 career guidance service providers, researchers produced a comprehensive picture of how career guidance is provided in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and how these services meet the needs of children and young people.

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    How Middle Eastern SMEs are coping with COVID-19

    06 Jul 2020

    A survey of small and medium-sized enterprises in the Middle East and Turkey, targeted particularly at businesses owned by migrants, women and young people, sought to understand the impact of COVID-19 on their work and what can be done to support them during the pandemic.

  • Business people at work in a busy office space, photo by alfa27/Adobe Stock

    Project

    Assisting SMEs with skills management

    02 Jul 2020

    RAND Europe is conducting a series of interviews with relevant stakeholders to examine if it is feasible to develop a data driven tool or service that would help small and medium sized businesses with skills management.

  • Smiling employees having meal in office lunchroom, photo by WavebreakMediaMicro/Adobe Stock

    Project

    Britain's Healthiest Workplace survey findings

    25 Nov 2019

    Absence and presenteeism accounts for an average of 38 days' lost productivity per employee per year, marking an upward trend in lost productivity since 2014, when the number was only 23 days.

  • Innovation and communication-focused society concept, photo by Hurca!/Adobe Stock

    Project

    How technology may change services sectors

    26 Jun 2019

    Researchers explored how 'game-changing' tech like robotics, autonomous transport, blockchain, virtual and augmented reality, and wearable devices will impact the EU's services sectors, and their wider socio-economic implications.

  • Global technology, innovation, and growth concept drawing

    Project

    Econometric modelling support links research and innovation to jobs and growth

    21 Dec 2018

    RAND Europe researchers assessed research and innovation reforms in EU countries to improve the modelling of policy impacts within the European Commission's QUEST III macroeconomic model.

  • A female construction worker learns to use a builder's level

    Project

    Cambridge skills shortages

    24 Oct 2018

    An examination of skills shortages in the Cambridge–Peterborough regional labour pool found the share of hard-to-fill vacancies for professionals is much higher than nationally, but there is also a shortage of people with skills in low-level roles. One recommended solution is for employers to provide more training to upskill the local workforce.

  • Young nursing staff in an NHS hospital corridor

    Project

    Measuring employee engagement in the NHS

    11 Oct 2018

    Analysis of the NHS Healthy Workforce Survey and VitalityHealth’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey found that staff engagement in the NHS is similar to other large UK employers with a similar demographic composition, and that demographic factors such as gender and age are associated with different levels of engagement.

  • Room with moving boxes and luggage

    Project

    Understanding barriers to international mobility for researchers

    18 Sep 2018

    International travel can help researchers work better together, but it has its challenges. RAND Europe surveyed researchers to gain a better understanding of their experiences of travelling for work and how that varies internationally.

  • Silhouette of businessman on EU-flag-painted brick wall

    Project

    Ensuring High-Quality Job Creation from EU Funding Programmes

    14 Jun 2018

    Following the 2008 global economic crisis, job creation has been a key focus of recovery. The European Parliament has commissioned RAND Europe to analyse various EU funding programmes’ potential to create high-quality jobs and identify key characteristics for job-creation success.

  • Close up of an executive holding a pen and indicating where to sign a contract

    Project

    Examining the UK's compliance with the EU Written Statement Directive

    12 Feb 2018

    The EU Written Statement Directive gives employees the right to be notified in writing about the essential aspects of their employment relationship, but changes in the labour market have led the EU to consider updating the Directive. As part of a larger assessment, RAND Europe examined the UK's compliance with the Written Statement Directive.