Call for evidence: employment initiatives and poverty

PSI and the Work Foundation have been commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) to conduct a review of evidence about the relationships between employment, pay and poverty. The review will contribute to JRF's programme of research to develop an anti-poverty strategy for the UK. Read more about the project here.

This call for evidence is about the effect of employment-related interventions on poverty reduction. This includes a range of interventions, as listed below. We are interested in evidence on the direct effects of these interventions on poverty, as well as their effect on factors known to contribute to poverty (eg, work entry/labour supply, increased pay, increased hours or increased work security). Since there is a lot of readily available material, we are seeking to fill specific gaps in our knowledge. Please click on the relevant links below to find out what we are particularly interested in.

  • Job creation, eg, Enterprise Zones, job creation incentives, social enterprise incentives, subsidised employment, local-hire requirements
  • Post-employment programmes, eg, incentives/support for increasing pay/hours, in-work advisory support, rapid work re-entry support, support to smooth job transitions, incentives/support for in-work training, in-work careers guidance
  • Raising pay, eg, through the minimum wage, 'living wage' campaigns, collective bargaining or wage supplements
  • Improving working hours, eg, work-life balance and flexible working practices
  • Improving work security through labour market regulation, eg, regulation of agency work, strengthening employment rights
  • Improving career progression, eg, career ladders, sectoral employment programmes

The review will be international and we are keen to receive material from countries in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the UK.

The review is confined to English language material from 2000 onwards.

In addition to published evidence, we are also interested to receive information about work in progress, particularly regarding any innovative employment initiatives aimed at reducing poverty.

It would be very helpful if you could provide any documents in PDF or word format, or as a web link if the document is publicly available. Any contribution you can make will be very much appreciated. Please send all material or queries to the team via Kathryn Ray: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).