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Media Coverage

The early findings of the project have received widespread coverage.  Following successful two launch events of the Skills and Employment Survey 2012 in London in April and May 2013, similar events were held in Scotland and Wales in June and July.  Taken together these launch events attracted an audience in excess of 330.   Delegates consisted of policy-makers, political representatives, trade union officials, professional bodies, lobbying organisations, training providers, employers and academics.  


The results have been reported on BBC’s Breakfast News, Radio Four’s Today Programme, Radio Five Live and local radio stations across the UK such as BBC Wales and Radio Cymru.  They even appeared on the front page of the Financial Times under the headline ‘worker insecurity at 20-year high’.  Articles also appeared in The Guardian and Daily Mail, both in print and online.  Public responses to the findings were made by, among others, the General Secretary of the TUC and the Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  In addition, the research has had an international impact with reports appearing in newspapers across the world; as far as Australia on one side of the globe and Argentina on the other.


‘Happier workers in Wales’, ESRC Home Page Features, 12 July 2013,


‘Workers in Wales the “happiest” in Britain’, by Chris Kelsey, Western Mail, 9 July 2013.


‘Why workers in Wales are happiest in Britain’, by Chris Kelsey, South Wales Echo, 9 July 2013.


‘Wales workers happiest but paid less and have lower skills, says report’, BBC News Wales, 8 July 2013,


‘Workers in Wales “happier” than rest of UK despite low skills and low pay’, by Chris Kelsey, Western Mail, 8 July 2013,

‘Angen gwneud mwy i wella sgiliau’, BBC Cymru Newyddion, 8 July 2013,


‘Codi’u gem sgiliau ni’, by Geraint Thomas, Post Cyntaf, BBC Cymru, 8 July 2013.


‘Work skills in Wales’, by Sarah Dickins, BBC Radio Wales News on hourly bulletins at 6am, 7am, 8am and 9am, 8 July 2013.


‘Work skills in Wales’, live interview by Oliver Hides, Good Morning Wales, BBC Radio Wales, 8 July 2013.


‘Launch of Work, Skills and Well-being in Wales’, WISERD Press Release, 8 July 2013,


‘Nearly one in 10 new graduates “unemployed”’, by Angela Harrison, BBC News Online, 27 June 2013,


‘Training and competitiveness: too little UK investment for recovery?’, Industry Forum, 24 June, 2013,


‘Insecurity at work’, live interview with Larry Lamb, London’s Big Conversation (LBC) Radio, 26 May 2013.

‘Work fear at 20-year high, finds research’, by Michelle Stevens, HR News, 21 May 2013,


‘Employees fear loss of status and unfair treatment at work’, HR Review, 21 May 2013,


‘Skills and Employment Survey 2012 – reports’, EDF Research Network, 21 May 2013,


‘Pressure and job insecurity felt by UK workers at 20-year high’, by Hilary Osborne, The Guardian, 20 May 2013, (also used in reports across the world – for example, Argentina, India, Keyna, the Philippines, Korea and Australia).


‘Worker insecurity at 20-year high’, by Brian Groom, Financial Times, 20 May 2013.  Front page news,


‘Workers are more stressed and worried about keeping their jobs than ever before’ by Becky Barrow, Daily Mail Online, 21 May 2013,


‘A climate of fear: employees face greater stress and job insecurity while working harder’, UKCES Press Release, 20 May 2013.


‘Pressure and job insecurity felt by UK workers at 20-year high’, Cover,


‘Pressure and job insecurity felt by UK workers at 20-year high’,,


‘Workers more insecure and pressured than in 20 years, says report’, Working Mums Magazine, 20 May 2013,


‘Employees fear loss of status and unfair treatment at work’, Workplace Law, 20 May 2013,


‘Businesses must learn to buck the trend in declining job satisfaction’, CIPD Press Release, 20 May, 2013,


‘Insecurity at work’, live interview by Declan Currie on Radio Five Live ‘On the money’, 19 May 2013.


‘UK teamwork and problem solving: on the decline’, Industry Forum, 13 May 2013,


‘Researchers urge greater autonomy for employees in the workplace’, Institute of Education Press Release, 23 April 2013,


‘More jobs for graduates than unqualified in UK’, BBC News Online, by Sean Coughlan, 24 April 2013,  (This item was in the top ten viewed stories on the day of publication and was shared by over 1,200 readers within two days).