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Making Better Use of Skills - Research

Skills at Work, 1986 to 2006, ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance, January 2007

This Report explains how several different aspects of work skill can be measured using the information gathered and examines the distribution of job skills among those in work. The Report also describes changes that have taken place over the last two decades, by making comparisons across five separate, but comparable, surveys carried out in 1986, 1992, 1997, 2001 and 2006.

Skills in Context, Futureskills Scotland, May 2007

This paper by Michael Davis then of the Centre for Enterprise reviews the importance of skills in terms of explaining the moderate productivity performance of the UK, and discusses 'How much do skills matter and where do they matter most?'

How 'Smart' are Scottish Jobs?Futureskills Scotland, November 2007

This briefing presents the results of an analysis undertaken by Professor Alan Felstead, which looks at the qualification mismatch in the Scottish labour market, the polarization of jobs in Scotland, and the increase in skill content of Scottish jobs.

Key Labour Market and Skills Issues in Scotland and Beyond, Futureskills Scotland, December 2007

This report from suggests some key issues for Scottish skills policy in the next decade. Professor Ewart Keep identifies the major obstacles which face those charged with policy formulation and research in the area of skills.

Work Skills in Scotland - The Workers' View, Futureskills Scotland, February 2008

This report presents the findings for Scotland from the 2006 Work Skills in Britain Survey and contains information from employees on:

• the broad skills required in jobs;
• the use of computing skills and other generic skills; and
• the level of employee task discretion.

Skills at Work in Scotland 1997 to 2006, Futureskills Scotland, February 2008

This Report explains how several different aspects of work skill can be measured using the information gathered and examines the distribution of job skills among those in work. It describes changes that have taken place over the last decade, by making comparisons across three separate, but comparable, surveys carried out in 1997, 2001 and 2006. It also compares Scottish work skills with those found in other parts of the UK (or for trend analysis, Britain).

Skills Utilisation Scoping Study - Stakeholder Interviews, Scottish Government, September 2008

This report outlines the main findings from a scoping study of key Scottish Stakeholders on their knowledge, views and experiences of skills utilisation.

Skills Utilisation Scoping Study - Leadership Group Interviews,- Scottish Government, September 2008

This report outlines the main findings from exploratory scoping interviews with the members of the Skills Utilisation Leadership Group on their knowledge, views and experiences of skills utilisation.

Skills Utilisation Literature Review, Scottish Government, December 2008

This report brings together literature evidence on skills utilisation to provide a clear picture of the nature and extent of the current evidence base, identify current knowledge gaps and make recommendations regarding areas for further exploration.

Skills Utilisation Literature Review Research Findings, Scottish Government, December 2008

This paper summaries the Skills Utilisation Literature Review Report.

Product Market Strategies and Workforce Skills - Full Report, Futureskills Scotland, June 2009

This report presents findings based on 32 case studies of companies to obtain a better understanding of the links between employers' product markets strategies and the demand for skills. It seeks to identify the conditions and constraints in which firms' product market strategies affect skills utilisation and explores the potential implications for public policy.

Product Market Strategies and Workforce Skills - Summary Report, Futureskills Scotland, June 2009

This paper summaries the Product Market Strategies and Workforce Skills report.

High Performance Working: A Synthesis of Key Literature, UK Commission for Employment and Skills, August 2009

This report presents a synthesis of recent research evidence on the theme of High Performance Working, setting out the current state of knowledge on the topic, and identifying research gaps and policy questions.

High Performance Working: A Synthesis of Key Literature - Executive Summary, UK Commission for Employment and Skills, August 2009

This paper summaries the High Performance Working synthesis report.

High Performance Working: Developing a Survey Tool, UK Commission for Employment and Skills, September 2009

This report explores the development of a UK wide survey of high performance working to contribute to the evidence base for high performance working.

High Performance Working: Developing a Survey Tool - Executive Summary, UK Commission for Employment and Skills, September 2009

This paper summaries the High Performance Working survey tool report.

Skills Utilisation and A Successful Skills Strategy, Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning: 21st Scottish Forum on Lifelong Learning, December 2009

This is a report of the 21st Scottish Forum on Lifelong Learning, which featured presentations on innovative approaches of Lifelong Learning and Skills Utilisation from Lifelong Learning colleagues based in Australia and Finland, and discussions on the relevance of these approaches within the UK, and Scotland.

Best Strategies in Skills Utilisation, SQW Consulting, January 2010

This report features twelve case studies contains of firms and highlights how they encourage effective skills use.

Best Strategies in Skills Utilisation - Summary Report, SQW Consulting, January 2010

A summary of the Best Strategies in Skills Utilisation report.

The skills content of jobs in Scotland and the rest of the UK: Full Report, Futureskills Scotland, March 2010

This report looks at differences in the use and perceived importance of a range of skills to jobs in Scotland compared to the rest of the UK. The research uses data from the 2006 Work Skills in Britain Survey. The skills where workers reported significant differences between jobs in Scotland and the rest of the UK were computing skills, number skills and literacy skills. For these skills, Scottish workers reported lower use or importance in the workplace than workers in the rest of the UK.

The skills content of jobs in Scotland and the rest of the UK: Summary Report, Futureskills Scotland, March 2010

This paper summarises the skills content of jobs in Scotland and the rest of the UK report.

High Performance Working: A Policy Review: Evidence Report 18, UK Commission for Employment and Skills, May 2010

This Evidence Report presents the results of a Policy Review that scopes the current field of the most relevant, core initiatives and support available to organisations in the UK, to promote and assist in the adoption of High Performance Working practices.

High Performance Working: A Policy Review: Executive Summary 18, UK Commission for Employment and Skills, May 2010

This paper summarises the High Performance Working: A Policy Review report.

High Performance Working: Employer Case Studies: Evidence Report 19, UK Commission for Employment and Skills, May 2010

This report describes the experiences of eleven organisations that have made the transition to High Performance Working. Their experiences show what can be done and how it can be achieved. It is hoped that the report will stimulate discussions and the sharing good practice from one business to another.

High Performance Working: Case Studies Analytical Report: Evidence Report 21, UK Commission for Employment and Skills, May 2010

This report builds on the knowledge gained from existing research to explore the implementation of HPW through the experience of eleven case study organisations. Specifically, this research set out to: understand how decisions by employers to engage with HPW are made; how managers and leaders shape and influence practice; to explore the practices themselves and how they affect the experience of work; and to identify barriers to the take-up of HPW and how they are resolved.

High Performance Working: Case Studies Analytical Report: Executive Summary 21, UK Commission for Employment and Skills, May 2010

This paper summarises the High Performance Working: Case Studies Analytical report.

Skill Utilisation: Towards a Measurement and Evaluation Framework, ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance, July 2010

This paper offers some initial reflections on the construction of a measurement and evaluation framework. Particular attention is paid to definitional issues, including the problem of equating skill utilisation with the uptake of high performance working. Emphasis is placed on understanding why some projects succeed where others fail, building up the research capacity to support such work, and recognising that appropriate measures are likely to emerge through this process.

Innovative Workplaces: Making Better Use of Skills within Organisations, OECD, November 2010

This report shows that interaction within organisations - as well as individual and organisational learning and training - are important for innovation. The analytical tools and empirical results this study provides show how some work organisations may foster innovation through the use of employee autonomy and discretion, supported by learning and training opportunities.

Scotland's skills utilisation programme: an interim evaluation, ESRC centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE), 2011

This is an independent interim evaluation of the Scottish skills utilisation project programme. Drawing upon interviews with project managers, employers and employees involved with four of the 12 projects as well as discussions with key Scottish policy makers, it finds some evidence that universities and colleges can make a positive contribution to skills utilisation, thereby providing an initial empirical basis for establishing 'proof of concept', and also highlights a number of issues and challenges which have implications in terms of programme development and next steps.