Employment & Social policy

The world of work is changing. Technology, globalisation and the development of new business models are creating new jobs, types of work and contracting arrangements. Zero hours and temporary work are becoming standard practice in some industries. The workplace itself has transformed and is in some cases virtual rather than physical: remote working and off-shoring are common in sectors such as IT. The UK’s exit from the EU is likely to bring further changes as employers seek new ways to meet their labour needs.

Many jobs and working lives have become unstable and precarious. There are changes in the distribution of work between social groups and across the life cycle. The proliferation of low skilled, low paid and part-time work is affecting the distribution of income, resulting in widening inequality and social exclusion. Low and worsening levels of social mobility cement inequality further, impacting on health, educational achievement and crime.

The Institute has a strong reputation for research on labour market and social change and, in particular, immigration. Our current research programme is focused on understanding the impact of migration and other changes on the labour market, through quantitative and qualitative methods. We also have a strong programme of research on education and training, including interventions in schools designed to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children. 

Staff: Heather Rolfe with Jonathan BuzzeoJohnny Runge, Nathan Hudson-SharpCinzia Rienzo, and Lucy Stokes