The changing nature of work: Case study using ESDS data
Article dated: 13 June 2012
With the state of employment a major topic of policy discussion, public debate and personal concern, our understanding of work and our experience of it is becoming more important.
Alan Felstead of the University of Cardiff, who also works on the collection of the Skills Survey held at ESDS, has been using this work combined with other ESDS data to understand some important things about how and where we work as well as the training we receive.
His research discovered that:
- training participation did not decline in the recession
- older employers have been closing the skills gap between them and younger workers
- while the use of team work increased this usually did not give employees decision making capabilities and thus reduced personal initiative
- there was a rise in working outside conventional settings (i.e. out of office) the rate of this change was not as fast as previously thought
Further details on this research, including profiles of the datasets used, research methodology and the publications created, are available in three case studies now online in ESDS case study library.