Heather Rolfe
Heather Rolfe is a Principal researcher at NIESR where she leads on qualitative research. Her key interests are in labour market disadvantage and in finding policy solutions through research. She is also a Governor of a large Comprehensive school in South London.

Entries by Heather Rolfe

Some Real Case Studies to Help Us to Understand Benefit Sanctions

(25) Comments | Posted 25 August 2015 | (00:00)

A Freedom of Information (FoI) request from Welfare Weekly has led the Department for Work and Pensions to withdraw a leaflet featuring fictional case studies from 'Sarah' and 'Zac'. The leaflet gave Sarah's reflections on being sanctioned:

'I didn't think a CV would help me but my...
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The Real Policy Issue Is Not Over-Use of Migrants But Under-Use of Their Skills

(4) Comments | Posted 1 October 2014 | (00:00)

Much has been made of Ed Miliband's failure to deliver sections of his conference speech on the economy and on immigration. But he didn't forget to repeat the policy first announced just before the party's 2013 conference to require employers to recruit an apprentice for every non-EU migrant...

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International Students Research Finds Public More Interested in Talent Than Targets

(0) Comments | Posted 26 August 2014 | (16:12)

What do the public think about international students? Do they see them simply as generating revenue for universities or as longer term migrants who can bring new talent to the UK? New research by British Future shows that there is support for international students among the general public...

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New Research on Skilled Migration Sheds Light Within an Overheated Debate

(6) Comments | Posted 4 November 2013 | (23:00)

While the debate rages over the service impacts of migration from the EU, it's business as usual for UK employers who recruit migrants to fill skills gaps and to get the expertise and talent they need. New NIESR research takes an in-depth look at why they do this and at...

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UK's Failure to Grow Talent Has Nothing to Do With Immigration

(11) Comments | Posted 24 September 2013 | (00:00)

In his pre-conference speech, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband predictably raised immigration, but rather less predictably, turned the spotlight on skilled migration, announcing that:

"We are going to say to any firm that wants to bring in a foreign worker that they also have to train up...
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Is Our Immigration Policy Ensuring that Britain's Got Talent?

(0) Comments | Posted 2 July 2013 | (12:04)

Earlier this year, in a landmark speech on migration, David Cameron stated:

'We want the brightest and best innovators and entrepreneurs to choose Britain as the best place to start their next businesses'

The Tier 1 migration route for entrepreneurs and is intended to do...

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When It Comes to Migration, There Are No Winners in the Numbers Game

(52) Comments | Posted 5 April 2013 | (08:47)

Speculation about migration from Romania and Bulgaria has barely been out of the news since the start of 2013. The countdown to midnight was shortly followed by a media countdown of 365 days to the lifting of interim restrictions on the right of citizens of the two countries to live...

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Work Programme Increases Hardship and Makes Little Difference to Compliance

(8) Comments | Posted 5 December 2012 | (09:45)

Those who decry the 'something for nothing' benefits system will be heartened by the introduction this week of new obligations on people receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). The new rules mean that those claiming ESA because of an illness or disability, but assessed as capable of 'work related activity',...

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