SES 2012

Skills and Employment Survey (SES) 2012

ESRC is co-funding a Skills and Employment Survey (SES) with the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) - to be carried out across Britain in 2012 – of people aged 20-65 in paid employment. The survey focuses upon the work that people do, and how working life has changed over time. The 2012 survey builds upon previous ESRC-funded studies and continues a series that began in 1986. The survey will provide a link between the previous skills-focused and employment-focused surveys in the series. It is anticipated that approximately 3,170 respondents will take part in the 2012 survey.  The project is being led by Professor Alan Felstead (Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University), who is also Visiting Professor at the LLAKES Centre, Institute of Education, London, which is co-hosting the project.  Other members of the research team are: Professor Francis Green (LLAKES, Institute of Education, London); Professor Duncan Gallie (Nuffield College, Oxford); and Dr Hande Inanc (Nuffield College, Oxford).

Details of the project can be found at

The first three mini-reports for SES 2012 are published on 24 April 2013. These are:

Skills at Work in Britain

Training in Britain

Job Control in Britain

A Technical Briefing on SES 2012 is also available.

The second three mini-reports for SES 2012 are published on 20 May 2013. These are:

Fear at Work in Britain

Work Intensification in Britain

Job-related Well-being in Britain









Work Intensification, Fear at Work and Job-Related Well-Being in Britain:

First Findings from the Skills and Employment Survey 2012

Date: 1.00pm – 3.30 pm, Monday 20 May 2013

Venue: Nunn Hall, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

This evnet marks the launch of the first findings of the Skills and Employment Survey 2012.  The Skills and Employment Survey 2012 (SES2012) is a national study of people aged 20-65 who are in paid work. The survey focuses upon the work that people do and how working life has changed over time.

During the course of last year, 3,200 working adults took part in a 60 minute face-to-face interview in which they provided detailed information on the skills, training and quality of their work.  The survey builds on similar surveys stretching as far back as 1986.  The 2012 results will therefore provide a unique picture of change over the last quarter a century, including the impact of the economic downturn which started in 2008.

The high quality findings from this research are regularly used to inform government policy on many aspects of working life. Previous surveys have been used extensively by:

  • UK government agencies such as the UK Commission for Employment and Skills
  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • The devolved UK administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

At the launch, the authors – Alan Felstead, Duncan Gallie, Francis Green and Hande Inanc – will present headline findings of the survey, outline the policy implications, and invite the audience to discuss what they mean for the organizations and agencies they represent.  Each theme will be covered in a short first findings report. Hard copies will be made available at the end of the launch event and in electronic form on the project website (

The event on 20 May 2013 will focus on three further themes:

  • Work Intensification: Working hard can be challenging, stressful and costly, but it can also be stimulating, rewarding and financially beneficial.  The survey will assess whether working hard has become more prevalent since the beginning of the recession and, if so, who has it affected most.
  • Fear at Work: This can take several forms – worry about loss of employment, about unfair treatment and about job status loss in the organization. The survey will examine what has been happening in British workplaces over the last decade.
  • Job-Related Well-Being: In recent years interest has grown in measuring subjective well-being, broadening out from the traditional concern with the growth of GDP.  The survey will track how job-related well-being has changed over the last two decades.

The launch event will be preceded by a buffet lunch served from 1.00pm.  Presentations will begin at 1.30pm with an introduction from the sponsors (the Economic and Social Research Council and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills) followed by 20 minute theme-focussed presentations by members of the research team.  To end the event, a discussant will lead the audience into discussion.

The event is free to attend but places are limited and attendance will be by prior registration only.  If you would like to attend please e-mail by 29 April 2013.