World of Work
Over the average person’s lifetime in the UK, 84,000 hours will be spent at work. ADR UK aims to link administrative data to better understand this aspect of our lives.
Understanding this huge component of our lives can provide a window into the day-to-day reality of many and shed light on the underlying dynamics that influence important economic forces, such as the job market.
Within this theme, there are several linked datasets under construction. ADR UK aims to bring together data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Department for Transport (DfT), Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and HMRC to create a rich resource providing invaluable insights into issues such as entry into the labour market, job mobility, career progression and retirement decisions.
We are currently focusing on wage progression in order to understand salary and pay patterns across the country. We hope the impact of this important research will be felt across several government departments and bodies. Understanding wage progression dynamics is high on policymakers’ agendas, with research having been requested from each government department on work progression and disparities in outcomes by ethnicity.
Within this research theme we aim to create a number of newly-linked datasets at a UK-wide level, including:
- Linking the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) longitudinally and to organisations’ data.
- Linking DWP/HMRC/ASHE data through National Insurance Number (NINo) data.
- Linking self-employment/employers through the Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR) and HMRC data.
- Linking to 2011 Census data, supporting pro-active preparation for linking of the 2021 Census.
As part of the ‘Poverty and Fair Work’ programme, ADR Scotland is working to enable a better understanding of the functioning of the Scottish labour market and its interactions with the combined Scottish and UK welfare benefit systems. It also hopes to support the development of the Scottish Child Poverty Measurement Framework and policies to reduce child poverty, and to explore the relationship between employment and health. This stream of work will assess specific areas of work, social security and health outcomes in Scotland, informing Scottish policy developments (such as the Fairer Scotland Fund, the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan, and the Single Gateway Scottish Health and Work Service), as well as addressing areas identified as analytical priorities by the DWP.
ADR Northern Ireland is linking data to generate novel insights into the health and educational attainment of Northern Irish farmers, as well as factors associated with economic inactivity in the country in general; whilst ADR Wales is working to link data which will enable deeper investigation of the progression from post-statutory school age education, as well as pathways into employment in Wales.
More in-depth information about the research projects being undertaken within this theme can be explored below.
World of Work Projects
Reducing economic inactivity
The focus of this study is to understand groups within the Northern Ireland working age population who changed their economic activity status between 2001 and 2011.
Maternal employment in Northern Ireland
This project aims to maximise the research impact of previous work examining factors affecting mothers' return to work (or not) after having children in Northern Ireland.
Find out more
If you are a researcher interested in working with admistrative data within this theme, or a policymaker interested in how ADR UK work can improve your insights and support your decision making in this area, please get in touch.