Recovering from long Covid

Understanding the pandemic’s labour market legacy

Thursday 18 February 2021

The Job Retention Scheme has provided vital support for millions of workers, and kept a lid on job losses. But with the country in a renewed lockdown, the combination of rising unemployment and long lasting furlough means an unprecedented number of people who have done little to no work in nearly a year. Previous recessions … Continued

A new era

What do Brexit and Covid mean for migration and the UK labour market?

Thursday 17 December 2020

On 1 January 2021, freedom of movement between the EU and the UK will end, and the UK’s new points-based immigration system will begin. This will mean major change for sectors of the economy – from fruit-picking to social care – heavily reliant on lower-paid migrant labour.  And even before Britain ‘takes back control’ of … Continued

Coronanomics: Challenges facing policy and governance

Tuesday 8 December 2020

Coping with the COVID-19 pandemic has been the toughest test for many governments in generations. From suppressing the virus and ensuring healthcare systems can cope, to dealing with the fallout in terms of support for businesses and households, governments are facing huge policy battles, and on multiple fronts. This has placed great pressure on our … Continued


How safe are our workplaces during the pandemic?

Tuesday 3 November 2020

Some types of workplace have long been recognised as hazardous, but the Covid-19 pandemic means new health and safety risks at work are now widespread. While people are once again being urged to stay away from their workplace if possible, that is not an option for millions of workers in shops and warehouses, schools and … Continued

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Where has six months of this crisis left workers, and what’s coming next

Wednesday 28 October 2020

As unemployment rates start to rise six months into this crisis, there are countless human stories of how workers have been affected. Some workers have had to adjust to lower pay or fewer hours, while others are worried about life after furlough, or have switched jobs or lost their livelihoods altogether. In order to understand … Continued

Is Britain working?

The jobs market in a time of crisis

Tuesday 15 September 2020

Live interactive webinar. From the early surge in Universal Credit claims to the sharp drop in employees in HMRC payroll data and redundancies among big name brands on the High Street, there is mounting evidence that Britain is in the midst of a jobs crisis. And with the Job Retention Scheme due to end this … Continued

The full monty

Facing up to the scale of the COVID-19 jobs crisis

Monday 29 June 2020

The Foundation will present highlights from a major new report into the nature of our jobs crisis and recommendations for how policy makers should respond, before we hear from leading experts on how to tackle high unemployment.

Working Britain

What does 2020 have in store for job prospects and pay packets?

Friday 10 January 2020

Friday 10 January 2019, 9.30-10.45am, Resolution Foundation offices, Westminster 2019 was a good year for the labour market – the area of the economy that matters most to households. Employment reached a new record high, while pay growth finally approached pre-crisis levels. The strong performance of the UK labour market is all the more remarkable … Continued

Tough enough?

Enforcing Britain’s labour market rules

Monday 16 September 2019

Workers across Britain have a multitude of rights at work – from the minimum wage to maximum hours. But, despite receiving far too little attention, it is labour market enforcement that is essential to turn those rights into a reality.

The hangover: Why young workers can’t shake off the recession

Monday 13 May 2019

Monday 13 May, 9.30-10.45am, Resolution Foundation offices, Westminster All recessions hurt, but they hurt different groups differently. The young are often worst affected, whether by high youth unemployment, low starting salaries or painful pay squeezes. Ten years on from the financial crisis it’s time to take stock of how lasting the effect has been on … Continued

Even Greater Manchester: The London launch of the Independent Prosperity Review

Tuesday 5 March 2019

The Greater Manchester Independent Prosperity Review was established to undertake a detailed and rigorous assessment of the current state, and future potential, of Greater Manchester’s economy. The review provides a major update of the city region’s economic evidence base providing lessons for policy makers across Greater Manchester, and for other city-regions across the UK with … Continued

Understanding Britain’s pay crisis

Tuesday 9 October 2018

Britain is on course to experience the worst decade for pay growth in over two centuries – an unmitigated disaster for living standards. But while a large part of this is down to the financial crisis and its aftermath, Britain’s terrible record on pay has continued even while employment has surged to record highs. So … Continued

Off the floor: Britain’s new low pay challenges

Friday 18 May 2018

The National Living Wage has transformed Britain’s low pay landscape, with the number of low waged workers falling significantly for the first time in 40 years. But Britain’s low pay challenges are far from over, and a higher minimum wage, crucial as that is, cannot solve them all. We need to focus on those new … Continued

The new precariat: exploitation or opportunities in Britain’s labour market?

Thursday 19 April 2018

The Resolution Foundation presents a double header book launch on the modern world of work: Humans as a Service: The Promise and Perils of Work in the Gig Economy by Jeremias Prassl Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain by James Bloodworth The gig economy has the potential to revolutionise work, offering more independence for workers, but this … Continued

Get off your (courier) bike: getting millennials’ careers back on track

Monday 26 February 2018

Young people have been hit harder than any other age group by the post-crash pay squeeze, but their pay problems predated the financial crisis. Youth unemployment is low, but millennials are disproportionately likely to find themselves in insecure work. And while millennials are often thought of ‘job hoppers’, they’re actually moving jobs less frequently than … Continued

Time for time and a half? Should overtime hours mean premium pay

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Matthew Taylor’s government-commissioned Review of Modern Working Practices took a long look at the UK labour market and made many recommendations to raise the quality of work. Central among these was a proposal for a higher minimum wage for non-guaranteed hours. This shone a light on a long-neglected part of UK employment policy – overtime. … Continued

Britain’s got talent: how universities can maintain their world-leading reputation

Monday 27 November 2017

Book launch for ‘A University Education’ by David Willetts University education is both ancient and modern. While the history of British universities dates back many centuries, today they are at the forefront of a global talent content – seeking to attract the best students from around the world. In his book A University Education, former Universities … Continued

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