Economy & work

The challenges for Wales’s economy and employment are to generate growth that benefits everyone and eradicate worklessness, low pay and inequality.


 Why it matters

The economy and labour market are beset by low employment,  below average wages, and a lack of innovation and growth. With few signs of growth ahead, the challenge is not only to build a strong and resilient economy and labour market, but also one that is fair and benefits everyone.

What we are doing

We are developing proposals to improve the economy and labour market – recent projects include:

New business models – the potential of co-operatives

We have profiled the wider importance of co-operatives as well as highlighting, with the Wales Co-operative Centre, the contribution of co-operatives to the Welsh economy and labour market and the potential of community co-operatives.

Living Wage

Our participation in the Living Wage Commission identified the potential of the Living Wage to improve the standard of living of hundreds of thousands of employees in Wales.

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Exchange – Issue 5

Essential summer reading on Brexit, the election and more, exclusively for Bevan Foundation subscribers. The latest edition of Exchange looks at where we want Wales to be and what we should have achieved in five years time. It’s been a Read more »

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Exchange – Issue 4

The spring edition of Exchange is out today! The fourth edition of our exclusive magazine sets the direction for the Fifth Assembly. We invited experts and practitioners from areas including social policy, health and housing to tell us what they think the biggest challenges facing Read more »

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Summary Briefing: Poverty

The latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions’ Households Below Average Income survey show that low household incomes continue to be a significant problem in Wales. In the three years to 2014/15, more than one in five people Read more »

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