New labour market data…

New labour market data were released earlier today by the ONS. In addition, we got an update from management information held by DWP on what was happening in the benefit system. The headline Scottish unemployment rate rose to 4.6%, up 1.1% compared to the three months before, while the employment …

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What Coronavirus means for education, childcare and working parents

The closure of schools and childcare facilities have meant most parents currently have their children at home. Given the expectation that children won’t return to full time education for some time yet, this raises big questions over the quality of their education and the ability of their parents to juggle …

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Returning to work – the unintended consequences of easing the lockdown

Attention is now turning to how to start to ease restrictions on lockdown to enable the reopening of more parts of our economy. As we have pointed out in a previous article, the economy can’t simply be turned off and on again and any restarting must not jeopardise public health. …

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Changes in working hours, causes and implications – an introduction to our new project

We have recently started a new year-long project to examine how patterns of weekly hours worked have been changing in recent decades, examine what factors help explain those trends, and to consider implications for poverty, inequality – and policy. Whilst the distribution of hourly pay receives a lot of attention …

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Covid 19 – Impact on Scottish Universities

This article was written by Stephen Boyle, a visiting researcher at the Fraser of Allander Institute. Scotland’s universities have been successful in attracting international students. Among the richest ‘western’ countries, only in Luxembourg is the share of such students greater than in Scotland. In 2018-19, 23% of enrolments in Scotland’s …

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Workers in the tourism and hospitality sector: who are they and what support may they need in the future?

One of the sectors currently most affected by the Coronavirus response has been tourism and hospitality. This sector was an early casualty of social distancing guidance, and in all likelihood, will be one of the last to go back to anything like normal. Quite how this sector will look in …

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Fair work and workplace practice in the current crisis

Professor Tricia Findlay, Director of the Scottish Centre for Employment Research (SCER) and Co-Chair of Scotland’s Fair Work Convention speaks about fair work and workplace practices in the context of the current pandemic. This includes discussion around new challenges in the workplace, furloughing, and how our relationship with working may …

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