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The rise of returners: New dynamic norm opens door to gender equality in the workplace

Earlier this year, UK companies with 250 employees or more published their Gender Pay Gap (GPG). With a national average of 18% difference in pay between men and women employees, many organisations are now wondering what they can do to close the gap. The lack of women at senior levels drives the GPG for most […]

October 23, 2018


Central banking: when communication is the policy

“Sometimes, the explanation is the policy” — Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve 2014-2018 The psychological and behavioural economics literatures have had a transformative impact on how we understand people’s financial and personal decision-making. Studies have shown that more information isn’t always better, that defaulting people into saving can help them save more, and […]

August 15, 2018


Unemployed after 40 years: what next?

Keith Lowe worked at the BHP steelworks in Newcastle, a regional city in Australia, for nearly 40 years before it closed in 1999. Despite the shock of closure, Keith walked out of the steelworks’ gates for the last time with confidence in his future. Keith likes using his hands. Before the steelworks closed he took […]

April 17, 2018


The UK’s new Industrial Strategy: a modern foundation for economic growth

Traditionally, Industrial Strategy conjures images of furnaces and molten metal. In turn, the language of economic policy – productivity, innovation, competitive advantage, regulation – hardly sparks the imagination. Today’s launch of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper should help shift these perceptions. The Strategy is formed around five foundations (ideas, people, infrastructure, business environment, […]

November 27, 2017


Applying behavioural insights to labour markets

Employment is perhaps one of the areas that can benefit the most from the application of behavioural insights and robust evaluation. From both the supply and demand side of the labour market, small changes can have big effects. Small percentage increase to employment figures can mean substantial wellbeing improvements to citizens and communities, and large […]

November 23, 2017


How do you get gender equality? Design for it

In honour of international women’s day, let’s take a moment to reflect on what has been achieved for and by women over the past century. It wasn’t that long ago that women were fighting for the right to vote in most Anglo-Saxon nations. One hundred years on and more than 60 countries have had a […]

March 8, 2016


Would you hire on the toss of a coin?

Here’s a reasonable question: why put multiple people on a task when you can just get one really smart person to do all the work? Put simply, because the group’s probably going to do a better job. The history behind the science One hundred years ago, British statistician Francis Galton was on a mission. At […]

February 17, 2016


“You have been selected”: Driving uptake of Government schemes

In 2013 and 2014 BIT worked with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to design, launch and run the Growth Vouchers programme.  After the scheme had launched the number of applications was lower than hoped. This is not an uncommon occurrence with Government schemes – lots of time and thought goes into devising and […]

August 7, 2015


Growth Vouchers

We’ve been working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on the £30 million business support programme which was announced at Budget. The announcement in the budget stipulated that the programme would be run as a randomised controlled trial (RCT), the first time that we know of where the government has explicitly required […]

August 7, 2013


BIT back-to-work trial covered by BBC PM.

We’ve been busy over the last few weeks and, if you listen to Radio 4’s BBC PM show, you may have heard about the ways in which we’re helping jobseekers across Essex to get back into work. If you missed it, or just want to listen again, you can do so here. To learn more […]

April 7, 2013