To be an effective safety net, the benefits system has to provide the support that individuals are entitled to straightforwardly and then, where appropriate, support them to enter or re-enter the labour market as quickly as possible. Policy makers need to understand where systemic barriers exist and how to address them. They also need evidence of which initiatives have worked to help disadvantaged groups enter employment. This has become ever more challenging in the aftermath of the pandemic as the economy adapts and employment opportunities change.
Within the workplace, there are ever-changing shifts in relationships between employers and employees that policy makers need to understand to ensure that the rights of the vulnerable are protected, and that individuals can deliver against their full potential. This includes ensuring that recruitment and employment practices are free from bias.
If you’re looking to understand the operation of the welfare system, evaluate interventions to secure entry to or progress within the labour market, or to explore equality and diversity at work, then we can help you to collect robust evidence to guide effective decision-making.