What role will leadership play in driving the future of UK manufacturing?

Looks at the role of leadership and management in the future of the manufacturing industry up to 2050. Examines the existing evidence base and considers how leadership and management could improve the performance of firms in the future.

Agents of growth – the power of mid-sized businesses
Comprehensive picture of UK medium-sized businesses (MSBs), how they are outperforming the market on many fronts and highlights significant obstacles to further growth and expansion.

Technical apprenticeships – research into the need for and capacity to deliver STEM related apprenticeship provision in England
Examines the need for and capacity to provide technical apprenticeships in England. Investigates the supply and demand of STEM related apprenticeships by talking to employers, providers and stakeholders and analysing data on the number of related apprenticeships.

Economic healthcheck – a return to growth, but no recovery
Finds that GDP is rising but average Britons are facing the longest sustained decline in living standards since official records began. Rising consumption is being paid for by growing levels of household debt as real earnings decline.

Job tasks, computer use, and the decreasing part-time pay penalty for women in the UK
Using data from the UK Skills Surveys, this paper show that the part-time pay penalty for female workers within low- and medium-skilled occupations decreased significantly over the period 1997-2006. The convergence in computer use between part-time and full-time workers within these occupations explains a large share of the decrease in the part-time pay penalty. However, the lower part-time pay penalty is also related to lower wage returns to reading and writing which are performed more intensively by full-time workers. Conversely, the increasing returns to influencing has increased the part-time pay penalty despite the convergence in the influencing task input between part-time and full-time workers.

The geography of youth unemployment – a route map for change
Investigates how young people’s employment prospects vary in different parts of the country, why tailored local approaches are necessary, and what the role of local partners should be in tackling youth unemployment. Finds that there is a distinctive geographic pattern to youth unemployment in the UK.

The cost effectiveness of employment support for people with disabilities
Looks at employment support initiatives, raising questions over local authority investment and the way personal budgets are delivered.

Does flexible employment pay? European evidence on the wage perspectives of female workers
Explores three issues relating to the financial dimension of female labour market outcomes. Analyses gender pay differentials, adding to the existing literature on age – and distribution specific gender pay gaps. Investigates wage returns associated with two flexible types of employment, namely temporary and part time jobs. Shows that flexible employment forms offer no consistent pattern of age-specific wage returns.