Skills and Productivity in the UK, US, France and Germany: a Literature Review

Report to the Business, Innovation and Skills and Education Select Committees, House of Commons, 26 October 2015

Small and Medium Sized Enterprise Securitisation

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) account for 60% of employment and 48% of output in the private sector in the UK economy.¹ Therefore, ensuring appropriate finance for SMEs means ensuring appropriate finance for much of the UK economy. If the UK has well-functioning financial markets for SMEs this will support productivity and enhance the long-term prosperity of the UK.

An economic analysis of the existing taxation of pensions (EET) versus an alternative regime (TEE)

This work was commissioned by the Association of British Insurers as a response to the Government’s consultation “Strengthening the incentive to save: a consultation on pensions tax relief” (Cm 9102). The National Institute of Economic and Social Research is an independent research institute and has had full control over, and takes full responsibility for, the contents of this paper.

What explains the growth in 'never-worked' households?

This research investigates what drove the substantial increase in 'never-worked' households between 1996-2005.

The number of homes where no one has ever worked has doubled in little more than a decade. But is this a sign of growing ‘welfare dependency’ or the result of other factors? This report looks at the characteristics of ‘never-worked’ households and considers the possible reasons for the increase.

The UK's Digital Economy

The digital economy, broadly defined, will almost certainly be a major contributor to UK economic growth over the next few years. While there are huge opportunities, and the UK is well-positioned, the issue is wider – and the policy responses necessarily more complex – than might first appear. 

Europe's refugee crisis: facts and policy responses

This Policy Brief was written by Yano Moussavi, who is currently a Research Intern at NIESR, and is a postgraduate student at the London School of Economics.  NIESR's work on mobility and immigration issues in the European Union is supported by the ESRC's "Britain in a Changing Europe" programme.


Trade Union Membership and Influence, 1999-2014

In this briefing note, we provide a current assessment of trade union membership and influence within the workplace. We use data from the Certification Officer, the Labour Force Survey, the British Social Attitudes Survey and the Workplace Employment Relations Survey to examine unions’ fortunes over the period 1999-2014. We show that union membership density continues to fall in Britain, but that the network of workplace reps has remained relatively resilient.

State of the Nation: A Review of the Evidence on the Supply and Demand of Quantitative Skills

This report reviews existing evidence on current levels of demand for quantitative skills (QS) in the UK and the extent to which this demand is matched by supply. As part of this assessment, we discuss how reliable and well-founded this evidence is and draw attention to important gaps in the current evidence base.

UK and EU Brief - Trade Brief

Summary data for UK and EU Trade

Immigration and the UK's Productivity Challenge

This is the second in a series of articles that looks at the role of the UK as a global trading nation. This article looks at immigration policy, and the role it can have in helping - or hindering - the UK's efforts to address the productivity challenge.

It is the second in a series of articles commissioned by NASSCOM, the premier trade body and the chamber of commerce of the Indian IT-BPM.  The first report can be read here.