Jason Heyes

Jason Heyes
The University of Sheffield | Sheffield · Management School

Doctor of Philosophy

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Publications (59)
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Using the most recent two waves of the European Working Conditions Survey (2010 and 2015) in a multilevel setting, the paper argues that national institutions have a significant effect on shifts in work intensity. We find that work has intensified in the aftermath of the economic crisis, but that intensification is restricted by labour market regul...
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This chapter provides an overview of how labour market reforms have unfolded in Western Europe in the aftermath of the 2007-8 financial crisis. It argues that interrelated processes of liberalisation and deregulation have characterised the direction and content of labour market reforms and that this has increased precarity of labour across advanced...
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This paper examines the consequences of underemployment for the well-being of workers in European countries. Previous studies of the impact of underemployment on well-being have tended to focus on a single country or occupational group and have examined single dimensions of underemployment. This paper, by contrast, examines experiences across sever...
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This report examines the ways in which employers in the retail and hospitality sectors have responded to the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) and subsequent changes in its level. The geographical focus of the study comprises two urban sub-regions - Greater Manchester and Sheffield City Region - that have been identified as being pers...
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This article focuses on national public administration activities that relate to employment, social protection and industrial relations. The International Labour Organization (ILO) refers to these activities collectively as ‘labour administration’ and regards the bodies that conduct them within individual countries as together forming national syst...
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This paper focuses on national public administration activities that relate to employment, social protection and industrial relations. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) refers to these activities collectively as ‘labour administration’ and regards the bodies that conduct them within individual countries as together forming national system...
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This article examines the different forms of uncertainty that workers in precarious jobs experience on a day‐to‐day basis. The article highlights the various ways in which uncertainty at work spills over into workers' lives away from the workplace and provides a representative and up‐to‐date comparison of the experiences of workers in permanent, fi...
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This article examines trends in youth employment across the EU-15 countries during 2002-6 and 2007-11. Drawing upon microdata from the EU-Labour Force Survey it examines changes in contract-type, hours worked and occupation by level of education. Although the financial crisis creates a discontinuity in numbers employed, and despite certain country...
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This report examines the practices of enforcement bodies in EU Member States in relation to the prevention and detection of bogus self-employment (BSE). The OECD has described BSE or ‘false’ self-employment as consisting of ‘people whose conditions of employment are similar to those of employees, who have no employees themselves, and who declare th...
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This paper examines the relationship between internal flexibility, the employment of fixed-term contract workers and productivity in 27 European Union countries. Drawing on European Company Survey data, the paper assesses whether establishments that employ on a fixed-term basis experience higher productivity than their competitors and stronger labo...
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Since the start of the economic crisis in 2008 there has been widespread concern with changes in the level and composition of unemployment. The phenomenon of underemployment has, however, received markedly less attention, although it too increased in extent following the start of the crisis. This article considers the consequences of underemploymen...
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The aims of this report are to take stock of recent developments in labour administration and highlight some of the ways in which national governments have sought to improve the functioning of their national systems of labour administration. Over the past two decades, substantial changes have taken place in the organization of national labour admin...
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For the past decade the European Commission has urged EU member states to pursue ‘flexicurity’ policies aimed at achieving employment growth and social inclusion. However, the economic crisis and turn to austerity across the EU has presented the flexicurity model with a substantial challenge. This article argues that since 2008 labour policies acro...
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Purpose Recent changes in the UK to the regulation and modes of work in the formal and informal economies are considered. Research in this field has tended to remain in silos (treating formal economy working conditions separately from research on the informal economy). The question is whether the means of work and benefits to the worker for formal...
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This article examines the current drive within the European Union to weaken employment protection legislation. It subjects the case for reform to critical scrutiny and argues that labour market deregulation and the erosion of employment and social protections are reducing workers' security while failing to stimulate economic recovery.
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In his recent book Zombie Economics, John Quiggin (2010) reviewed a number of economic theories and assumptions that have refused to die despite strong evidence that they are highly flawed. These include the claim that spending by the state crowds out private investment, the belief that efficient (i.e. weakly regulated) financial markets provide an...
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Employment protections are currently being targeted by European policy makers seeking solutions to persistently high levels of unemployment and weak economic growth. This article argues that labour market deregulation is unlikely to usher in a period of renewed growth in good quality jobs. The findings point to the important role of employment prot...
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The 2008 financial crisis marked the beginning of a prolonged and ongoing period of extreme economic turbulence that has created multiple challenges for both governments and national systems of labour administration. Difficult economic conditions are encouraging a reevaluation of established policies and institutions in the areas of labour, employm...
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Vocational education and training measures have featured prominently in the responses of EU member states to the economic crisis that erupted in 2008. Existing training programmes have been expanded and new programmes introduced. In addition, employers and trade unions have negotiated new entitlements to education and training. This article explore...
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This article compares labour market policies implemented by EU member states in response to the economic crisis that erupted in 2008. It also considers the implications of the crisis for the European Commission’s flexicurity agenda. The discussion focuses on Ireland, the UK, Germany and the Czech Republic. The article demonstrates that responses to...
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Based on a questionnaire survey of members of the UK public sector trade union UNISON, this article examines factors that influence the ability and willingness of trade union members to take on unpaid roles at the level of the branch and region. The article compares the experiences and views of men and women in relation to potential barriers to uni...
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This article examines the responses of national governments to the economic crisis that commenced in 2008. We argue that the current search for new bases for accumulation is leading to reforms designed to weaken the position of labour. Moreover, the tendency towards a weakening of labour's position was already evident across different ‘varieties of...
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The concept of 'flexicurity' has become ubiquitous in the labour market policy recommendations of the European Commission. EU member states have been encouraged to increase labour market flexibility while maintaining security through the promotion of 'employability' and an 'adequate' floor of unemployment benefits. The economic crisis that erupted...
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This article examines attempts by UNISON to embed a culture of learning within the workplace. The analysis, which is rooted in resource‐based mobilisation theory, shows how UNISON was able to draw on the Union Learning Fund to create new resources in the form of project workers. These project workers subsequently played a vital role in building sup...
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The first section of this article discusses why training and skill formation are considered to be central to economic competitiveness and company performance and the ways in which business interests may be involved in social institutions and policy-making in this arena. The second section explores the political economy of training and skill formati...
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A number of British trade unions have developed initiatives to facilitate migrant workers' access to English-language tuition. This article focuses on the efforts of two trade unions and explores the ways in which they have supported migrant workers and the extent and effectiveness of their attempts to link education to their recruitment and organi...
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Managerial strategies designed to elicit greater employee commitment in production have received much attention in recent industrial relations reseach. Training is seen to form a core component of such strategies, yielding such beneficial outcomes as improved efficiency and employee motivation. Yet the connections between training strategy and perf...
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This article examines firms' pay and employment practices in respect of school leavers aged 16 and 17. The focus is on the manufacturing, hospitality, construction, hairdressing and retail sectors, which are notable for employing relatively large numbers of young workers. Drawing on findings from a postal questionnaire survey of managers and interv...
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The training debate has suffered from a preoccupation with macro institutions and regulatory frameworks. This has resulted in a neglect of workplace industrial relations issues. Using case study data from three private sector engineering companies, this article highlights the importance of workplace institutions in explaining training outcomes.
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Training is commonly regarded as essential to the competitiveness of national economies and individual enterprises. It is also seen as a vital means of enhancing the employment security of workers. To that extent, it has been claimed that continuing training may provide fertile ground for the development of social dialogue and joint initiatives by...
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Investment in vocational education and training is commonly regarded as a prerequisite of competitive success. Training is also seen as a cornerstone of management initiatives designed to enhance employee involvement and co-operation in the production process. Ironically, however, commentators have rarely sought to assess employee attitudes towards...
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Books reviewed: Robert Taylor. Social Democratic Trade Unionism: An Agenda for Action. Reviewed by Peter Ackers Mark Freedland. The Personal Employment Contract. Reviewed by Ann Blair J. O'Reilly (ed.), Regulating Working-time Transitions in Europe. Reviewed by Paul Blyton Huw Beynon, Damian Grimshaw, Jill Rubery and Kevin Ward. Managing Employment...
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This article assesses the impact of the National Minimum Wage on small firms in the British hospitality, caring, retail, hairdressing and motor services industries. Drawing on a combination of survey and interview data, the study examines how firms' pay and training practices have been affected by the introduction of the National Minimum Wage and s...
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This article investigates the extent to which small firms' training practices have altered since the introduction of the national minimum wage (NMW). Low pay is particularly widespread among small firms and they are thus likely to have been disproportionately affected by the NMW. Drawing on survey data collected from 258 establishments, the study p...
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It is commonly argued that firms in the advanced industrial economies are experiencing incentives to refashion the organisation of production in the face of technological change and the intensification of product market competition. It is claimed that rigid Taylorist systems of work reorganisation are being replaced by ‘high-performance’ production...
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This paper evaluates the impact of the National Minimum Wage on the UK textiles and clothing industry. Studies of minimum wages have tended to focus on the consequences of wage increases for employment while neglecting the dynamic processes of adjustment that such increases may give rise to. A particular feature of the present study is the attentio...
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Training and development have featured as key issues on the ‘new bargaining agenda’ outlined by the TUC. Although evidence suggests that union successes in achieving a role in training decisions at the workplace have thus far been limited, few studies have sought to examine the impact of union involvement on training outcomes. Drawing on a survey o...
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It is frequently noted that the development of industrial capitalism was predicated on the progressive commodification of working time. The process was, however, complex, uneven and incomplete, with control over the use of workers' time continuing to be subject to dispute. Yet this insight has tended to be neglected in accounts of recent managerial...
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The burgeoning literature on vocational education and training (VET) has failed to provide an adequate theoretical basis by which to understand training outcomes. Critically appraises the notion of a “low skill equilibrium” and highlights a number of conceptual and analytical weaknesses in the literature. Suggests some key ingredients for a more se...

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European Platform The European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work enhances cooperation between Member States' relevant authorities and other actors involved to fight undeclared work more effectively and efficiently while fully respecting national competences and procedures. The main objective of the Platform is to improve the Member States' capacities to tackle undeclared work in its various forms, including bogus self-employment, and drive change at national level in order to promote better working conditions and the emergence of formal employment. The Platform provides a forum at EU level where the different actors involved can - exchange information and good practices, - develop knowledge and evidence, - learn from each other and together, engage in closer cross-border cooperation and joint activities. This includes - Common learning activities such as bi- or multilateral training seminars and exchange between peers, leading to the development of tools for the implementation of good practices such as common principles for carrying out inspections or step-by-step guides; - Operational cooperation in the form of staff exchange, joint inspections on cross-border level in sectors most affected by undeclared work or common campaigns. Composition The Platform is composed of - Members: representatives of the Member States, for example from federal ministries, labour and social inspectorates, tax and customs authorities or social insurance agencies, of EU level cross-industry social partners and of the Commission. - Observers: representatives of social partners representing the sectors most affected by undeclared work and organisations like Eurofound, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Background The Platform is based on the Decision of the European Parliament and the Council from 9 March 2016.
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The aim of the GREY project is to provide concrete policy recommendations, based on rigorous empirical evidence, for those seeking to tackle the undeclared economy in Bulgaria, Croatia and FYR Macedonia. The key objectives of our project are: -to conduct evaluations of existing policy measures directed at enabling the formalization of undeclared work: - to identify good practices and assess the extent to which they might be transferable to other countries or contexts; - to develop innovative policy measures and test their effectiveness at tackling undeclared employment in the EU-27; and - to train a generation of experts who will be able to act as advisors and implementers of ambitious projects aimed at curbing undeclared work.