Good news for workers – wage increases ahead

By Professor Stan Siebert, Professor of Labour Economics Department of Management, University of Birmingham. Job vacancies have hit a record high as the economic recovery continues. High vacancies are normal in a dynamic, large economy such as the UK which normally runs with 600-700 thousand vacant jobs as workers change jobs and search for new … Continue reading “Good news for workers – wage increases ahead”

Hybrid Learning: Preparing Students for the Post-Pandemic Future Workplace

By Dr Joachim Timlon, Assistant Professor in Strategy and International Business Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham Hybrid learning (also known as blended learning) is now fast becoming an essential part of the learning strategy at many British universities. Hybrid learning is a method of teaching that integrates digital technology with traditional … Continue reading “Hybrid Learning: Preparing Students for the Post-Pandemic Future Workplace”

From regulation to guidance and COVID-19 ‘Freedom Day’

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham July 2021 will be etched in the UK’s historical consciousness due to exploits with a football. Unfortunately, the memory of this event is of what might have been for the English team, but it is also a memory of great football played … Continue reading “From regulation to guidance and COVID-19 ‘Freedom Day’”

Legacies are complicated things

Dr James Blackmore-Wright, Birmingham Business School Last week saw Jeff Bezos step down from his role as Chief Executive Officer at Amazon after 27 years of growth, change and success at the world’s most influential retailer. As he moves into the background (though it is doubtful he will be taking a back seat) as Executive … Continue reading “Legacies are complicated things”

Good Jobs in the Midlands after COVID

Professor Tony Dobbins and Professor Anne Green Birmingham Business School The Midlands’ labour market is among the most heavily impacted by COVID in the UK, as well as being among the most impacted by Brexit, the 2008 financial crisis and austerity. Data shows that availability of good work is heavily concentrated in London and the … Continue reading “Good Jobs in the Midlands after COVID”

The future of housing market in the UK – Predictions for 2021 and beyond

Dr Anandadeep Mandal Department of Finance, University of Birmingham Starting January 2020, with the onset of the pandemic, many experts believed and expressed that the price of owner-occupied properties will be negatively impacted. The reason being house owners’ occupation is a market that is dependent on the economy. During the 2007-09 global financial crisis, the … Continue reading “The future of housing market in the UK – Predictions for 2021 and beyond”

Looking ahead: The Future Business District Study and the Future of the Office

By Hannes Read, Policy and Data Analyst City-REDI, University of Birmingham The Future Business District Study Since the Covid-19 pandemic, many people and businesses have been required to work from home rather than the office. The sudden shift away from working in the office has significantly impacted the Business, Professional & Financial Services (BPFS) sector. … Continue reading “Looking ahead: The Future Business District Study and the Future of the Office”

Why the government is morally obliged to help low-income people buy electric vehicles

By Dr Nana Osei Bonsu, Research Fellow Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham Electric vehicles (EVs) have finally come of age. With a 43% rise in global sales last year, analysts forecast 2021 as being the tipping point for the mass adoption of EVs. While in the UK, the government has … Continue reading “Why the government is morally obliged to help low-income people buy electric vehicles”

George Floyd rests, but in peace?

By Nicholas Bailey, Birmingham Business School and Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business When George Floyd walked in to Cup Foods in Minneapolis a year ago he didn’t know he was about to die. Reflecting on May 25th 2020, I remember watching the video, frozen and incredulous and not discovering I was crying until … Continue reading “George Floyd rests, but in peace?”

Climate change, pandemic preparedness, and a public inquiry

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham COVID-19 has been responsible for many deaths and long-term illnesses. Nevertheless, the UK is already experiencing a much more important national crisis that will change lives and impact on mortality and morbidity rates. This crisis is climate change. The UK must increase … Continue reading “Climate change, pandemic preparedness, and a public inquiry”