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Tackling the UK’s productivity problem: investing in the right skills

Posted by John Reiners on Nov 28, 2017 11:32:15 AM

The UK launched its Industrial Strategy yesterday, seeking to tackle the UK’s pervasive slow productivity growth. Developing technical skills is one of the key recommendations, through increasing teaching of STEM subjects, enhanced Computer Science education and “T levels,” the establishment of a National Centre for Computing Education and an Institute for Coding.  Coincidentally, last week BT and Accenture launched their study “Tech know-how: The new way to get ahead for the next generation.” Though they both seem on the same page in promoting tackling technology skills shortages, there are important differences in emphasis.

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Topics: United Kingdom, Technology, Economic impact, Thought leadership, Workforce, Tech literacy

How well are you living? Take the quiz – discover how a good sleep is 4x more important than pay

Posted by Oxford Economics on Nov 3, 2017 11:22:18 AM

How closely linked is your disposable income to your overall wellness? Does sleep impact your quality of life? What about spending time outdoors or chatting with your neighbours? Our daily experiences and interactions impact our lives and wellness. But it’s not always so clear how to define and measure them.

In our latest research, we explore those questions and more, partnering with Sainsbury’s as we quantify, analyse, and track what it means to live well.

We asked more than 8,000 people to tell us how they’re living – from their relationships with partners, family and friends, to whether they own their own home, how secure they feel in their finances and jobs and much more. In the coming years, we will track how these factors change and impact our lives, creating the Sainsbury’s Living Well Index.

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Topics: United Kingdom, Wellness, Health, Global surveys, HR, Talent, and labour

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