CRESR Seminar - Post-crisis labour markets: the impact of welfare reform and increased precarity

Start date: 
Wed, 01/05/2019
Closing date: 
Wed, 01/05/2019
Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Stoddart Building, Room 7139
Event contact: 
Ian Wilson & Ben Pattison (Tel: 0114 225 3073)

4.00-5.00 pm


Paul Sissons and Chris Devany
University of Coventry and Sheffield Hallam University


Paul Sissons
Paul will discuss patterns of low pay and wage progression in the UK, and examine the factors influencing these. How patterns of mobility differ across low-paid sectors, and the relationship between low pay and in-work poverty will also be discussed. Paul will then consider the opportunities and constraints around developing policy and practice to support in-work progression, as well as relating this to wider concerns about ‘good work’.
Chris Devany
Much has been written and suggested about 'NEET's in recent times; however, the issue of 'Hidden NEETs' (aged 16-24 and Not in Education, Employment or Training whilst not claiming benefits) has been largely overlooked despite estimates suggesting that the numbers of young people in this category could be as high as 480,000 in the UK. With no access to employment or support from the welfare state, this group poses significant challenges to policy makers and service providers. In this presentation, Chris will present findings from interviews with 24 young male 'hidden NEETs' which unearths the impact of welfare reform in an increasingly precarious labour market.


Paul Sissons
Paul is a Reader in Employment Studies at the Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University. He has previously held posts at The Work Foundation, the Institute for Employment Studies and the University of Dundee. Paul’s research focuses on spatial aspects of labour markets, low-wage work, labour market disadvantage, and local and regional economic development. His recent work has examined wage inequality in British cities, the links between economic growth and poverty reduction, policies to facilitate in-work progression, and employer approaches to productivity and pay. His work has been published in range of leading journals including Work, Employment and Society, Human Resource Management Journal, Urban Studies, Environment and Planning A, and Regional Studies.
Chris Devany
Chris is a PhD student at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR), and Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. Chris's PhD research focuses upon the lived experiences of young men who are outside of the labour market and the welfare system. Additionally, Chris is currently undertaking a six month research project with Heriot Watt University and the Oak Foundation exploring the use of New Psychoactive Substances in the homeless populations of Sheffield and Edinburgh, and teaches on matters related to youth studies and the sociology of drug use at Sheffield Hallam University. In 2018 Chris was awarded the 'Doctoral Researcher of the Year' prize at Sheffield Hallam University and is the editor of an upcoming 'Special Issue' for PPP titled 'Contemporary Youth: Precarity, Resistance and (Re)imagined futures'.

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