Matching people to jobs and hours : drivers and productivity impacts of under-employment

Lindsay, Colin and Houston, Donald and Byrne, George and Stewart, Robert (2020) Matching people to jobs and hours : drivers and productivity impacts of under-employment. Productivity Insights Network (PIN), [s.l.]. (

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This report details the findings of research conducted by the University of Strathclyde and the University of Portsmouth. The research was funded by the Productivity Insights Network under the award: “Drivers and productivity impacts of under-employment – insights on labour market effects and employers’ decision-making in contrasting local labour markets” (ESRC Grant Award ES/R007810/1). The research was supported by the Universities of Strathclyde and Portsmouth and the Scottish Trades Union Congress. The aims of the research were to: a) explore spatial patterns in short-hours working and under-employment and identify associated local labour market conditions using relevant national survey data; b) conduct qualitative research with employer representatives to understand better the drivers of under-employment, employers’ understanding of the problem, and views of its impact on productivity and performance; and c) draw on these mixed methods analyses, along with engagement with policy and workplace stakeholders, to arrive at policy implications and insights on reducing under-employment and enhancing productivity and skills formation.