Conference Review: Making Every Graduate Employable

“Making Every Graduate Employable” is surely an incontestable aim in these days of tuition fees and soaring student debt: whether or not undergraduate…
January 27, 2017/by Jan Shury

Education and Skills in 2017: Choices and Consequences

It’s been a turbulent 12 months in the Education and Skills sector, and 2017 looks likely to be similar. Learning providers, learners and employers are…
January 26, 2017/by Mark Winterbotham

Retirement choices: No perfect answer

When conducting focus groups or interviews with consumers, retirement saving is not usually front of mind for them. It’s off far away in the future,…
January 24, 2017/by Chris O'Brien

Evidence Matters: The role of evidence in uncertainty – Full write-up

In November, IFF hosted a seminar on ‘The Role of Evidence in Uncertainty’ and welcomed four guest speakers to explore what shifts in attitudes amongst…
January 13, 2017/by Catherine O'Driscoll

Evidence Matters: IFF gathers industry experts to consider the opportunities presented by uncertainty

There is no doubt that 2016 will be remembered as a turbulent year. With a number of ‘it could never happen’ moments becoming a reality we seem to…
November 24, 2016/by Rowan Foster

Londoners’ over reliance on their homes in retirement

The first wave of IFF Research’s ‘Retirement Choices’ syndicated research uncovered an overconfidence particular to London retirees, rooted in their…
November 7, 2016/by Chris O'Brien

New report published: How will employers respond to the apprenticeship levy?

A report on how large employers are likely to respond to the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, produced by IFF and IER at the University of Warwick,…
October 25, 2016/by Mark Winterbotham

Getting into construction. IFF look to explore the experiences of individuals’ entering the construction sector

IFF Research are conducting critical research into skills gaps faced by the construction industry on behalf of the Construction Industry Training Board…
October 24, 2016/by IFF Research

IFF explore whether UK regulations present an obstacle to business success

A report exploring businesses’ views on regulation in the UK has been published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).…
October 21, 2016/by IFF Research

Evidence Matters: IFF to host seminar assessing the role of evidence in times of uncertainty

We are living in a world of increasing uncertainty. Where the country may once have turned to analysts, economists and researchers for answers and reassurance,…
October 18, 2016/by Mark Lynch

The National Student Survey: A missed opportunity for many institutions

How can universities leverage the results of the NSS? The results of the National Student Survey (NSS), a survey giving final year students the…
September 30, 2016/by IFF Research

Reflecting on our values: Ensuring research makes a difference

Over the course of this blog series we have presented our organisational values, looking at how they apply to the research industry and thinking about…
September 30, 2016/by Mark Lynch

Being Human First: Success through people and the role of the expert

Last month we kicked off a blog series that reflects on our company values explaining the context of their manifestation and describing their importance…
August 31, 2016/by Mark Lynch

Unique Insight into Welsh Businesses Published

Published today, the Employer Skills Survey gathered information from over 6,000 businesses in Wales about their recruitment, training and how they made…
August 23, 2016/by Rowan Foster

IFF shortlisted for two MRS Operations Awards

The Oppies are back and we are delighted to announce that we have been selected as finalists in two categories. Our operations team have been nominated…
August 10, 2016/by Mark Lynch

Reflecting on our values: remaining impartial in the research industry

Articulating the “values” that an organisation or business holds can be a challenging process. It can be difficult to concisely encapsulate the nature…
July 29, 2016/by Mark Lynch

An introduction to the Teaching Excellence Framework

It seems like a whole new era has dawned since the publication in May of the (last government’s) long-anticipated white paper, “Success as a Knowledge…
July 29, 2016/by Catherine O'Driscoll

EHC Experience pilot survey results

The Department for Education (DfE) are undertaking a large scale survey of families with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) this summer. They are…
July 13, 2016/by IFF Research

Predicting the Future in Uncertain Times

Thoughts on the IntoWork Conference, Learning & Work Institute, July 2016 Given recent events, it’s no surprise that this year’s IntoWork…
July 13, 2016/by Angus Tindle

How will UK businesses react to Brexit?

So, it has happened. We are now in a post-Brexit society. In the build up to the referendum the general attitude was one of uncertainty, of not knowing…
June 30, 2016/by Chris O'Brien

Brexit – What next for the UK?

The dust is still some way from settling after a dramatic night in UK politics. Contrary to the predictions of most pollsters, bookies, political commentators…
June 24, 2016/by Matt Barnes

Remain or Brexit? IFF Directors predict the outcome of the EU Referendum

On the eve of much anticipated EU referendum we have asked 6 IFF Directors for their predictions on how they think the vote will go, what percentage either…
June 22, 2016/by admin

To Remain or to Brexit: Business opinion on a knife-edge

The latest wave of IFF’s Business Omnibus has revealed an increase in those against remaining part of the EU, meaning the businesses view is evenly…
June 8, 2016/by Matt Barnes

IFF Report: Review of Enterprise Finance Guarantee published

A review of the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG), featuring research from IFF, has been published. Findings from the review, aimed at maximising the…
June 2, 2016/by Angus Tindle

Careers Education and Advice Forum: The good the bad and the predictable

A very timely and quite interesting conference in late May on careers advice and education, timely given: A DfE commitment to invest £70m in this…
May 31, 2016/by Mark Winterbotham

Growth continues at IFF Research

IFF continues to strengthen across the spectrum through senior, mid-level and graduate level appointments. Genna Kik joins IFF as Associate Director…
May 27, 2016/by Mark Lynch

Effective usability testing and the future of UX

In an age of rapidly evolving technology and short attention spans website usability testing has taken on increased importance. Our websites have grown…
May 20, 2016/by Alistair Kuechel

The benefit of leaving benefits–in-work conditionality for Universal Credit

"A lot of times people don’t know what they want until you show them,” Steve Jobs famously said of the Apple design approach. That quote came…
May 20, 2016/by Rowan Foster

SFA / BIS Apprenticeship dissemination event

IFF recently presented several research projects at the “Apprenticeship Growth and Reform: Learning from the present, building for the future” dissemination…
May 16, 2016/by Helen Wrathall

Success in numbers: 4 tips for creating an effective partnership

What do you do when your organisation doesn't have the resource or expertise to work on a certain project? Are the same missing ingredients coming…
May 11, 2016/by admin

What’s my motivation? How policy change and a lack of good options is impacting retirement saving

Much of the discussion at the Westminster Business Forums ‘Savings and Investments in the UK’ event was focused on the intersection of long-term saving…
May 6, 2016/by Chris O'Brien

The Lifetime ISA: A small step for savers or a giant leap for the pensions ISA?

The Governments latest budget has been the subject of much scrutiny over the last week. Some of the changes introduced include the reduction of Corporation…
March 23, 2016/by Chris O'Brien

A call for change: Pregnancy and maternity discrimination report published

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is calling for urgent action to be taken by the Government following the publication of the Pregnancy and Maternity…
March 22, 2016/by Mark Winterbotham

Business opinion increasingly divided over EU future

The latest wave of IFF’s Business Omnibus has revealed increasingly divided business opinion between those in favour and those against remaining part…
March 18, 2016/by Matt Barnes

Striving for excellence: An innovative approach to employer research

The 2015 study was the third survey in the series. While continuity of approach has been critical to its success in delivering high quality time series…
March 11, 2016/by Jessica Huntley Hewitt

The challenges of running the largest B2B survey in the world

Three fieldwork contractors; 21 weeks; 91,000 interviews. The UKCES’s Employer Skills Survey 2015 involved three agencies conducting over 91,000…
March 4, 2016/by Jessica Huntley Hewitt

Filling in the gaps: What can we still learn about the skills market from employers?

We think the Employer Skills Survey (ESS) gives as reliable and robust a picture of skills from the employer perspective as it’s possible for a 20 minute…
March 3, 2016/by Mark Winterbotham

Two million UK workers are doing jobs below their potential

This was the fact that stood out for me from the 2015 Employer Skills Survey 2015 (ESS). There’s a wealth of data in ESS – it offers a fascinating…
March 1, 2016/by Rowan Foster

The largest B2B survey in the world?

Welcome to the first in our series of blogs about the Employer Skills Survey (ESS). As lead contractor and report authors of ESS, over the next…
February 19, 2016/by David Vivian

Apprenticeships, levies…and the Apprenticeship Levy

In a previous blog we asked what levers government have at their disposal to make the desired increase in Apprenticeships (the high profile 3 million starts…
February 16, 2016/by Mark Winterbotham

Bridging the gap between mental and physical healthcare

Government invests almost a billion pounds in funding aimed at putting mental health in the UK on equal footing with physical health. The announcement…
February 10, 2016/by Nicky Esterman

ESS15: The launch of the Employers Skills Survey

“A world class landmark survey…high class intelligence” Martin Doel, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges "A fantastic landmark survey.…
February 2, 2016/by David Vivian

How can insurers convince businesses to offer Private Medical Insurance as a benefit?

IFF’s exclusive research sheds light on the opportunities for providers. For a long time now Private Medical Insurers have been wondering what…
January 20, 2016/by Chris O'Brien

Sweating the small stuff: How small changes can make a difference for research respondents

A few little changes - a welcoming email invite, a smiling intro in person, maybe some music while they wait - can all reassure respondents. Read the…
January 15, 2016/by Gill Stewart

IFF Research Report: Post-16 institutions omnibus

IFF recently completed work as part of a research report published by the Department for Education on post-16 education, see below for a link to the findings. The…
January 14, 2016/by Mark Winterbotham

Professional service providers need to think small

Research reveals opportunities for professional service providers in the UK IFF’s latest Business Omnibus has revealed a gap in the use of professional…
January 6, 2016/by Matt Barnes

IFF wins MRS Healthcare Research Award with innovative dementia pilot scheme

IFF Research has won the MRS ‘Healthcare Research Award 2015’ for work conducted as part of their dementia pilot evaluation for the Department of Health…
December 11, 2015/by Mark Lynch

The dangers of caution in retirement planning

A ubiquitous finding for anyone conducting research on UK pensions or retirement planning is that people find the subject complicated, or boring, or both.…
December 10, 2015/by Chris O'Brien

Marketing trends for 2016 and beyond!

Key findings from this year’s Festival of Marketing It was great to see so many enthusiastic and passionate people gather outside the Tobacco…
November 25, 2015/by Mark Lynch

ISBE Conference Review: Excellence in international business leadership

The 38th annual Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference held in Glasgow last week (11th-12th November) aimed to showcase innovation…
November 19, 2015/by Ben Davies

IFF Business Omnibus: UK Businesses still not sold on Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn’s emergence as Labour leader has been the centre of much debate over recent months but has he been able to convince businesses of his…
November 16, 2015/by Matt Barnes

How are pension reforms changing the retirement journey?

Pension reforms mean new opportunities for those in Financial Services, but what choices are available to the retirement market and how will the spending…
November 10, 2015/by Chris O'Brien

IFF Report: Fairness, dignity and respect in SME workplaces

The Equality and Human Rights Commission have published an important report from IFF Research to help understand the knowledge, attitudes and practices…
October 29, 2015/by Katie Oldfield

A healthy future for healthcare research

Last week, IFF's Health and Wellbeing team were nominated for the MRS Healthcare Research Award for work conducted as part of a dementia pilot project…
October 16, 2015/by Mark Lynch

How banks can help Britain’s small businesses?

First, how about some good news? The latest results of the IFF business omnibus shows that a substantial proportion of businesses think that banks in general…
October 13, 2015/by Chris O'Brien

IFF Report: Enterprise pilots in prisons: evaluation

The Enterprise Pilots in Prisons were a cross-Departmental project led by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). This report…
October 5, 2015/by Ben Davies

IFF nominated for x2 Market Research Society Awards 2015

IFF Research have been nominated for the Research-live Best Place to Work and MRS Healthcare Research Awards. Best Place to Work Award: This…
October 2, 2015/by Mark Lynch

Support, don’t sell: Banks must add value if they wish to rebuild trust

Positive steps are being taken but do banks have their customers best interests at heart? Throughout the financial crisis and the subsequent global…
September 30, 2015/by Chris O'Brien

All to play for as businesses split over EU debate

The latest wave of IFF’s Business Omnibus has revealed that there is little between those in favour and those against remaining part of the EU. These…
September 28, 2015/by Jane Thompson

IFF Report: Views and behaviours in relation to the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings

Another one of IFF’s high profile studies for HMRC has been published analysing the impact of the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED). The…
September 23, 2015/by Alistair Kuechel

MRS Operations Awards 2015

September 18, 2015/by admin

IFF Report: Victim and Witness Satisfaction Survey

This survey was commissioned by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) as part of its strategic objective to ensure that its service to victims and witnesses…
September 15, 2015/by Jane Thompson

The NHS in 2015: Thoughts from the Health and Care Innovation Expo

There were mixed feelings at this year’s Health and Care Expo, held in Manchester last week. As ever in the public sector now, austerity loomed large.…
September 11, 2015/by Matt Barnes
BIS Apprenticeship Pay Survey Case study

SMEs, Exports and The Bribery Act

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) play a vital role in the UK economy accounting for more than half of employment and almost half of turnover…
September 9, 2015/by Rob Warren

IFF Report: European Social Fund Cohort Study (2012–2014)

IFF's European Social Fund Cohort Study (2012-2014) carried out for the Department for Work and Pensions has been published. This report was commissioned…
September 4, 2015/by Mark Winterbotham

Tube Strikes: Public perception and the future of trade unions

Are the negative attitudes to strikes fuelled by resentment towards higher earners and what does the future hold for trade unions? London commuters…
August 26, 2015/by admin

Apprenticeships: Researching the employer perspective

How can the number of employers taking on apprentices be increased? Apprenticeships featured high on the agenda in the political debate before…
August 12, 2015/by Mark Winterbotham

Finalists announced for IFF sponsored Oppies!

The finalists for the MRS Operations Awards, recognising training, quality and professionalism in operations have been announced. IFF are delighted to…
August 7, 2015/by Mark Lynch

IFF in the News: IFF celebrates 50 years in the research industry with host of new starts

Our recent recruitment drive has seen us take on employees across a number of disciplines from senior research roles to entry level graduate positions. See…
August 5, 2015/by Mark Lynch

Improving Financial Literacy

Can people be prevented from sleep-walking through important financial decisions? At IFF we are often called upon to test financial literature…
August 5, 2015/by Angus Tindle

How does the July Budget affect the research industry?

There have been plenty of talking points around this year’s budget. Now that the dust has settled we have decided to look a bit closer to home and…
July 30, 2015/by admin

IFF Report: Pregnancy & Maternity Related Discrimination & Disadvantage

An IFF report published today investigates the prevalence & nature of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. Some of the key findings…
July 24, 2015/by admin

IFF Conference Review: Researching the coalition years

Thoughts from this year’s SRA conference (7/07/15) The end of 5 years of coalition government and the day before the first “pure” Conservative…
July 23, 2015/by Matt Barnes

IFF Report: Gender Pay Data

An IFF report has just been published for the Government Equalities Office. The study investigated the extent to which employers across Great Britain with…
July 15, 2015/by Mark Winterbotham

IFF Conference Review: Innovation and insurance

The UK Financial Services Experience Awards Wednesday 8 July saw the inaugural UK Financial Services Experience Awards ceremony take place…
July 14, 2015/by Alistair Kuechel

Challenging Stereotypes: The role of research in revealing welfare’s shades of grey

There is much speculation recently about how the Government will achieve its pledged £12bn in welfare cuts as part of its drive to eliminate the budget…
July 14, 2015/by Angus Tindle

IFF Celebrates 50th Birthday

July 9, 2015/by Mark Lynch

The competitive spirit

Competition law and anti-competitive behaviour Healthy business competition benefits everyone. It is not only essential to the creation of…
July 9, 2015/by Rob Warren

Improving care for dementia sufferers

IFF and Loughborough University evaluate dementia pilot scheme Dementia is a memory loss condition affecting about 800,000 people throughout…
July 9, 2015/by Mark Lynch
Satisfaction NHS Direct users

Illuminating the needs of employers

Can more be done to engage employers in back to work program evaluation? In our recent blog we discussed the proposed cuts to the welfare…
July 9, 2015/by Angus Tindle

GMC Perceptions Survey

The General Medical Council has just published IFF’s report into stakeholder attitudes towards the GMC, with surveys among medical practitioners,…
June 17, 2015/by admin
Regulation, SMEs

A necessary burden

“If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.” Winston Churchill 1931 Although not one of the great man’s…
June 17, 2015/by Rob Warren
Monitoring, mystery shopping customers

Out of the Shadows…

Perceptions of any public-facing organisation are hugely influenced by what the customer experiences when they interact with the organisation’s frontline…
June 17, 2015/by admin
construction, women

Women in construction

It's always satisfying when important findings from an IFF survey make the news. Results from work we undertake for CITB (the Construction Industry Training…
June 17, 2015/by admin