‘Linking Leeds’ Seminar – 12 February 2020

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  • Time: 12.00 - 14.30
  • Location: Department for Work and Pensions Offices, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UA
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This seminar is part of the ‘Linking Leeds’ series; developed as a collaboration between the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI) and Leeds University Business School (LUBS) in order to help foster richer connections between the academic and policy worlds.

The Linking Leeds seminar series provides the opportunity to hear from leading social science researchers as well as make connections with analysts, strategists and policy makers from the Department for Work and Pensions and other organisations.

At this event we will hear from two speakers from University of Leeds Business School. Professor Iain Clacher will speak first and will then be followed by Professor Chris Forde. You do not need to attend both presentations if you only have interest in one and are welcome to come to one half of the seminar or the other if you would like.

  • Professor Iain Clacher (Leeds University Business School). Iain will present on ‘Behavioural factors that drive decision-making around Freedom and Choice.’
  • Professor Chris Forde (Leeds University Business School). Chris will present on “Temporary agency working in the UK: current challenges and agendas.”

Abstract – Professor Chris Forde

Temporary agency working continues to attract much policy attention in the UK, with the number of agency workers rising over the last few years. Whilst the Agency Working Regulations in the UK have arguably increased employment rights for agency temps since 2011, the recent Taylor Review highlighted the short-term and insecure nature of many agency jobs.  The abuse of ‘Swedish Derogation’ agency contracts in the UK by some employers has also left many agency workers with inferior employment conditions to permanently employed workers undertaking similar roles.

This presentation will look at the characteristics of the agency workforce in the UK, and  the likely impact of the planned revocation of the Swedish Derogation by the government in 2020, drawing on estimates from the Labour Force Survey calculated by Chris Forde and Gary Slater. The presentation will also look at the role of intermediaries in the labour market in the context of Brexit, drawing on ongoing qualitative research conducted with Gabriella Alberti, Jo Cutter, Zyama Ciupijus, Ioulia Bessa and Maisie Roberts.

Each presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

If you have any access requirements or any further questions about the session, please contact LSSI Communications Coordinator, Katie Barclay (K.barclay@leeds.ac.uk). If you are interested in presenting at a Linking Leeds seminar, please contact LSSI coordinator, Hannah Crow (H.E.Crow@leeds.ac.uk).