Latest Publications

We research all aspects of education and work, but we focus particularly on aspects that political debate often neglects: further education; vocational and technical education; apprenticeships and lifelong learning; in-work poverty.

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Elusive quality: how should we evaluate higher education?

This briefing paper provides an overview of the current system of quality assessment in higher education, exploring how well it functions and the main criticisms levied at it. The report also identifies four tasks for the Government should it want to design a better system of quality assessment.
Published: 19 November 2020
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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Job switching and wage growth for low-income workers

This paper is draws upon a Social Market Foundation roundtable held in early-March 2020. Whilst the economic context has changed considerably, long-run issues surrounding wage growth - and disparities between job switchers and stayers - are likely to remain unchanged.
Published: 12 November 2020
Author(s): James Kirkup, Kathryn Petrie
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(Adult) education, education, education

This report explores the role that adult education does and could play in improving the labour market outcomes of low-income households. It draws on desk research, quantitative analysis and in-depth interviews with both participants and non-participants in adult education from low-income households, and provides a series of policy considerations
Published: 12 November 2020
Author(s): Aveek Bhattacharya, Scott Corfe, Amy Norman
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Levelling down: the medium term local economic impact of coronavirus

The reality of the economic disruption is rarely simple: different sectors will face different levels of disruption and workers employed in those sectors are unevenly distributed by geography and demography....
Published: 06 July 2020
Author(s): Amy Norman, Kathryn Petrie
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A new safety net: guaranteeing jobs and training after the crisis

This briefing paper provides an overview of the case for Universal Job Guarantee, and why it should be harnessed in order to build and implement an effective social security system for life on the other side of our current crisis.
Published: 10 May 2020
Author(s): Kathryn Petrie, Jake Shepherd
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The parenthood penalty? Exploring gender, family and pay in London

This report, commissioned by Peabody, provides new insights into the lives of individuals living in London – in particular, with respect to their living standards and financial situation.
Published: 05 March 2020
Author: Scott Corfe
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Work, education, skills and the 100-year life: How can policymakers ensure the workforce is ready for extreme longevity?

Longer careers raise important questions about the future of work and education in the UK – is our education system built for the 50-year career? Are workplaces and employers adopting age-friendly policies? This report focuses on the future of work, education and skills in the era of extreme longevity.
Published: 02 March 2020
Author: Kathryn Petrie
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Strengthening employee share ownership in the UK

This report analyses the scope to promote wider individual employee share ownership in the UK, and the potential benefits of doing so.
Published: 10 February 2020
Author(s): James Kirkup, Scott Corfe
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Between a rock and a hard place

We need to talk about AVR again, and out of those discussions we can leverage the UK’s unique experience of AVR to launch a much more attractive and effective AVR programme.
Published: 02 December 2019
Author: Jonathan Thomas
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