Matching people to jobs and hours: drivers and productivity impacts of under-employment

Colin Lindsay, Donald Houston, George Byrne, Robert Stewart

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Abstract

This report details the findings of research conducted by the University of Strathclyde and the University of Portsmouth. The research was funded by the Productivity Insights Network under the award: “Drivers and productivity impacts of under-employment – insights on labour market effects and employers’ decision-making in contrasting local labour markets” (ESRC Grant Award ES/R007810/1). The research was supported by the Universities of Strathclyde and Portsmouth and the Scottish Trades Union Congress.

The aims of the research were to:
a) explore spatial patterns in short-hours working and under-employment and identify associated local labour market conditions using relevant national survey data;
b) conduct qualitative research with employer representatives to understand better the drivers of under-employment, employers’ understanding of the problem, and views of its impact on productivity and performance; and
c) draw on these mixed methods analyses, along with engagement with policy and workplace stakeholders, to arrive at policy implications and insights on reducing under-employment and enhancing productivity and skills formation.
Original languageEnglish
Place of Publication[s.l.]
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • productivity
  • people
  • jobs
  • impacts
  • underemployment
  • matching

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