Fair pay and employment practices

Fair pay and employment practices

Within FairWRC there are a number of staff engaged in research concerned with fair pay and employment practices, focused both on employment and HR practices in the UK and also involving international comparative research. Particular themes of research include issue of low pay and minimum wages, working time, flexible employment and zero hours, the gender pay gap, employment conditions along the supply chain, job quality trends, changing employment regulation, impact of performance management and the impact of the crisis on employment practices and opportunities.    

We have a number of recently completed and ongoing projects in this area which includes: an ESRC project on gender, labour under-utilisation and recession; an ILO project on the motherhood pay gap; an EHRC project on contractual and procurement practices in the outsourced cleaning sector; and two Eurofound projects on trends in job quality.

Related Publications:

Barrientos, S. (2013) ‘‘Labour Chains’: Analysing the Role of Labour Contractors in Global Production Networks’, Journal of Development Studies, vol. 49, no.8, pp.1058-1071

Barrientos, S., Kothari, U. and Phillips, N. (2013) ‘Dynamics of Unfree Labour in the Contemporary Global Economy’, Journal of Development Studies, vol. 49, no. 8, pp.1037-1041

Carter, B., Danford, A., Howcroft, D., Richardson, H., Smith, A. and Taylor, P. (2011) ‘All They Lack is a Chain’. Lean and the New Performance Management in the British Civil Service’, New Technology, Work and Employment, vol. 26, no.2, pp.83-97

Granter, E. (2013) The End of Work. Sage Reference: The Sociology of Work Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Granter, E., McCann, L., Hassard, J. and Hyde, P. (2013) ‘Still Blue-Collar after all these Years? An Ethnography of the Professionalization of Emergency Ambulance Work’, Journal of Management Studies,vol. 50, no 5, pp.750-776

Grimshaw, D. (2013) Minimum Wages, Pay Equity and Comparative Industrial Relations. London: Palgrave

Grimshaw, D. and Rubery, J. (2012) ‘The end of the UK’s liberal collectivist social model? The implications of the coalition government’s policy during the austerity crisis’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, vol. 36, no. 1, pp.105-126

Grimshaw, D. and Rubery, J. (2012) ‘The end of the UK’s liberal collectivist social model? The implications of the coalition government’s policy during the austerity crisis’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, vol. 36, no. 1, pp.105-126 

Grimshaw, D. (2012) ‘The economic crisis and policy change: the agenda and consequences of the Cameron government’, Sistema, vol. 225, no.6, pp.11-32

Grimshaw, D., Bosch, G. and Rubery, J. (2013) ‘Minimum Wages and Collective Bargaining: What Types of Pay Bargaining Can Foster Positive Pay Equity Outcomes?’ British Journal of Industrial Relations(currently only available online)

Holman, D. (2013) ‘Job types and job quality in Europe’ Human Relations (currently only available online)

Karamessini, M. and Rubery, J. (eds.) (2013) Women and Austerity Abingdon: Routledge IAFFE Advances in Feminist Economics

Koukiadaki, A. and Kretsos, L. (2012) ‘Opening Pandora's Box: The Sovereign Debt Crisis and Labour Regulation in Greece’, Industrial Law Journal, vol. 41, no. 3, pp.276-304 

McBride A, and Mustchin, S. (2013) ‘Creating sustainable employment opportunities for the unemployed’,Policy Studies, vol. 34, no.3, pp.342-359

McBride, A. and Mustchin, S. (2013) ‘Crowded out? The capacity of HR to change healthcare work practices’, International Journal of Human Resource Management, vol. 24, no.16, pp.3131-3145

McCann, L. (2013) ‘Disconnected amid the networks and chains: Employee detachment from company and union after offshoring’, British Journal of Industrial Relations, (accepted, available online).

Piasna,A., Smith, M., Rose, J., Rubery, J.,Burchell, B.,  and  Rafferty, A. (2013) ‘Participatory HRM practices and job quality of vulnerable workers’, International Journal of Human Resource Managementvol. 24, no. 22, pp.4094-4115

Rafferty, A. (2013) ‘Ethnic penalties in graduate level over-education, unemployment and wages: evidence from Britain’, Work Employment and Society, vol. 26, no. 6, pp.987-1006 

Rubery, J., Grimshaw, D. and Hebson, G. (2013) ‘Exploring the limits to local authority social care commissioning: Competing pressures, variable practices, and unresponsive providers’, Public Administration vol. 91, no. 2, pp.419-437

Walden, R.M. (2013) ‘The Latest Employment Law Reforms to come into force’, Business Law Review, vol, 4, no. 3, pp.111-112