1990-1993 - UMIST, Manchester
BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Management Sciences (First class)
1994-1995 - University of Warwick
MA Industrial Relations (awarded with distinction)
1995-1998 - Research Officer, Policy Studies Institute
1998-2000 - Research Officer, NIESR
2000-2004 - Senior Research Officer, NIESR
2004-2011- Research Fellow, NIESR
2011-present - Principal Research Fellow, NIESR
My research is focused in three areas: employment relations; pay and rewards; and economic performance.
Work in the area of employment relations has focused on patterns of workplace representation, trade union effectiveness and conflict at work. This has included a substantial role in the design and analysis of the long-running and internationally-renowned series of Workplace Employment Relations Surveys (WERS). Major publications include All Change at Work? and Inside the Workplace (both Routledge) and The Evolution of the Modern Workplace (CUP). Our Nuffield-funded work on the most recent WERS focused on the impact of recession on workplaces and employees and was published as Employment Relations in the Shadow of Recession (Palgrave). Other research on employment relations includes a chapter on changing attitudes to work in the 27th British Social Attitudes Report, a chapter on changes in union membership and effects in the latest edition of The State in Working Britain, a study of workplace employee representation across the EU27 for Eurofound and research on union resources for the TUC.
Past work on pay and rewards has focused on methods of wage determination, and particularly the declining role of unions, thus linking with the work on employment relations. Some of this previous work has been published in Labour Economics and Industrial Relations. However, Alex Bryson and I have recently been focusing on the prevalence and impact of performance-related pay. An ESRC-funded project with Minghai Zhou at Zheijang University has examined the use of incentive pay among CEOs in China (see the Feb 2014 issue of the Economic Journal). Another ESRC-funded project has studied the use of performance pay across by employers in the UK (see NIESR DPs 423 and 433). Other work on pay and rewards includes a series of reports for the DWP on employers’ provision of pensions and a study of occupational licensing for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.
The third strand of work is on economic performance, particularly the determinants of workplace performance. Past work has examined the impact of the National Minimum Wage on business performance. However there is again a link to my work on employment relations, through a focus on the effects of trade unions, with previous work having been published in the Scottish Journal of Political Economy and the Industrial Relations Journal. Some of this work is comparative, including a study of union effects on workplace performance in Britain and France, published in 2011 in the European Journal of Industrial Relations.
A full CV is available here: John Forth CV
Current projects (funder in italics):
Workplace Employment Relations in Britain and France, Leverhulme Trust
FORTH J and Bryson A (2015) Trade Union Membership and Influence, 1999-2014, London: NIESR.
Bryson A, FORTH J and Zhou M (2015) "CEO Incentives in China: Why Does City Location Matter?", Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory and Labor-Managed Firms, 15: 25-49 (previously NIESR Discussion Paper 402 and CEP Discussion Paper No. 1192).
Bryson A, FORTH J and Stokes L (2014) Does Worker Wellbeing Affect Workplace Performance? Research Report 14/1120, London: Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
FORTH J and Metcalf H (2014) Young People’s Experiences in the Workplace, Research Report 12/14, London: Acas.
FORTH J, Bryson A and Stokes L (2014) “Are firms paying more for performance?”, NIESR Discussion Paper No. 423. Forthcoming in a special issue of the International Journal of Manpower Studies on pay and productivity.
Bryson, A., FORTH, J. and Zhou, M. (2014) 'Same or Different? The CEO Labour Market in China's Public Listed Companies', The Economic Journal , Vol 124, Issue 574, pp. F90-F108 (previously NIESR Discussion Paper No.391 and CEP Discussion Paper No. 1148).
van Wanrooy, B., Bewley, H., Bryson, A., FORTH, J., Stokes, L. and Wood, S. (2013) Employment Relations in the Shadow of Recession: Findings from the 2011 Workplace Employment Relations Study, Palgrave MacMillan.
Bryson A and FORTH J (2011) “Trade union membership and influence: 1999-2009”, Chapter 17 in J Wadsworth and P Gregg (eds) The Labour Market in Winter, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
FORTH J, Bryson A, Humphris A, Kleiner M and Koumenta M (2011) A Review of Occupational Regulation and its Impact, UK Commission for Employment and Skills Evidence Report No. 40.
Forth J, Bryson A and George A (2011) Workplace Employee Representation in Europe, Dublin: Eurofound
Bryson A, Forth J and Laroche P (2011) “Evolution or revolution? The impact of unions on workplace performance in Britain and France”, European Journal of Industrial Relations, 17, 2: 171-188.
Forth J and others (2010) “Methodologies for surveys of employers and employees”, in N Greenan and E Lorenz (eds) The MEADOW Guidelines (MEAsuring the Dynamics of Organisations and Work), Paris: The MEADOW Consortium
Brown W, Bryson A, Forth J and Whitfield K (eds) (2009) The Evolution of the Modern Workplace, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Forth, J., McNabb, R., (2008), "Workplace Performance: A Comparison of Subjective and Objective Measures in the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey", Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 39, pp. 104-123.
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