Analysing labour markets

Earnings and low pay have become the new focus of public policy debate on the labour market. Robust econometric analysis is critical to understanding the drivers of work outcomes and identifying effective policy levers.

26% and 16% of women and men are in low paid work respectively.

ONS 2013

Understanding the dynamics of labour markets is critical when shaping government policy, from childcare reform to migration. At Frontier, we use labour market analysis to give our clients a clear understanding of the structure and productivity of the labour force, the prevailing wage rate, and recruitment and retention issues.

We have worked widely on the links between migration and labour markets for the Migration Advisory Committee, examining the evidence on skills shortages, and the links between migration and jobs for domestic workers. We have also advised HMRC on how to evaluate the employment impacts of new childcare policies; examined the effects of becoming a kinship carer on work outcomes for the Department of Business Innovation & Skills (BIS); while work for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation exported international patterns in employment, earnings and policy.

I am always impressed by the ability of Frontier people to bring both technical knowledge and economic understanding to bear so as to shed light on important social issues.

Ian Preston, Professor of Economics, UCL and Deputy Research Director, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration

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