Professor Jason Heyes
Associate Dean for Impact and Engagement
Chair in Employment Relations
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Sheffield University Management School
Jason Heyes is a Professor of Employment Relations in the School of Management at the University of Sheffield.
He is director of the Centre for Decent Work (CDW). Before joining the Management School in 2012 he was a Reader in Human Resource Management and head of the Organisation, Work and Employment group at the University of Birmingham.
He regularly engages with practitioner and policy audiences and has undertaken research projects on behalf of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), European Commission, Low Pay Commission and the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).
He has acted as a technical expert for ILO technical cooperation projects in Turkey, Russia, Azerbaijan and the Ukraine and is regularly invited to contribute to the activities of the ILO’s International Training Centre in Turin.
He is an Associate Editor of the Industrial Relations Journal and a former member of the editorial board of Work, Employment & Society.
He is also an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a Member of the ESRC’s Peer Review College.
- Research interests
Jason’s main research interest is in the connections between employment relations, political economy and public policy.
His current research focuses on:
- the causes and consequences of labour market reforms in the EU
- the European Commission’s flexicurity agenda; underemployment and wellbeing
- the regulation of the employment relationship and labour standards
- governance of labour issues (labour administration)
His research typically takes a comparative approach and uses qualitative and quantitative methods.
Previous research has examined the relationship between collective bargaining and vocational training activity and outcomes in the UK and Europe, the impact of the UK's National Minimum Wage legislation on pay, employment and training, and forms of trade union support for migrant workers.
Jason is interested in research that leads to impact. For example, in 2015 he led a project on comparative developments in labour administration, which was co-funded by the ILO and the ESRC and led to the development of a training toolkit for labour inspectorates.
The toolkit, which was designed by Jason Heyes and Dr Thomas Hastings on behalf of the ILO, is intended to help labour inspectorates extend their reach to the informal economy.
The toolkit has been used to train many labour inspectors.
- Introduction: the origins and development of labour administration. Edward Elgar Publishing.
- Labour Administration in Uncertain Times: Policy, Practice and Institutions Since the Crisis. Edward Elgar Publishing.
- Labour Administration in Uncertain Times: Policy, Practice and Institutions Since the Crisis. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar and International Labour Office.
- Labour Administration in Uncertain Times: Policy, Practice and Institutions Since the Crisis. Edward Elgar and International labour Office.
- Labour Administration in Uncertain Times: Policy, Practice and Institutions Since the Crisis. Edward Elgar and International Labour Office.
- Underemployment and well-being in Europe. Human Relations. View this article in WRRO
- Varieties of labour administration in Europe and the consequences of the Great Recession. Economic and Industrial Democracy. View this article in WRRO
- Living with uncertain work. Industrial Relations Journal, 49(5-6), 430-437. View this article in WRRO
- Farewell to flexicurity? Austerity and labour policies in the European Union. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 39(3), 458-480. View this article in WRRO
- How Close are Formal and Informal Work?. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 37(7/8), 374-386. View this article in WRRO
- Introduction. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 37(7/8), 355-360. View this article in WRRO
- The changing face of youth employment in Europe. Economic and Industrial Democracy. View this article in WRRO
- Underemployment and Well-being in the UK Before and After the Great Recession. Work, Employment and Society, 31(1), 71-89. View this article in WRRO
- Flexibility, labour retention and productivity in the EU. International Journal of Human Resource Management. View this article in WRRO
- Relied upon for the heavy lifting: can employment protection legislation reforms lead the EU out of the jobs crisis?. Industrial Relations Journal, 46(2), 81-99. View this article in WRRO
- Employment protection under fire: Labour market deregulation and employment in the European Union. Economic and Industrial Democracy.
- Mobilising resources for union learning: a strategy for revitalization?. Human Resource Management International Digest, 20(4).
- Vocational training, employability and the post-2008 jobs crisis: Responses in the European Union. Economic and Industrial Democracy: an international journal.
- Varieties of capitalism, neoliberalism and the economic crisis of 2008–?. Industrial Relations Journal, 43(3), 222-241.
- Flexicurity, employment protection and the jobs crisis. Work, Employment and Society, 25(4), 642-657.
- Review Essay: Digging the grave of apartheid: the history of black mineworkers in South Africa. Work, Employment and Society, 21(4), 799-805.
- Training, social dialogue and collective bargaining in Western Europe. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 28(2), 239-258.
- Small firms and the National Minimum Wage: Implications for pay and training practices in the British private service sector. Policy Studies, 25(3), 209-225.
- Experiencing multi-skilling: evidence from the chemical industry. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 53(4), 543-560.
- Homeworkers and the national minimum wage: Evidence from the textiles and clothing industry. Work, Employment and Society, 15(4), 863-873.
- The Impact of the National Minimum Wage on the Textiles and Clothing Industry. Policy Studies, 22(2), 83-98.
- Bargaining for skills: Trade unions and training at the workplace. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 36(3), 459-467.
- Annualised hours and the 'knock': The organisation of working time in a chemicals plant. Work, Employment and Society, 11(1), 65-81.
- A formula for success? Training, reward and commitment in a chemicals plant. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 34(3), 351-369.
- Placing Symbols before Reality?: Re‐evaluating the Low Skills Equilibrium. Personnel Review, 23(5), 35-49.
- Does Training Matter? Employee Experiences and Attitudes’. Human Resource Management Journal, 6(3), 7-21.
- Recruiting, Paying and Training 16 and 17 Year-Old School Leavers, 38(5), 386-405.
- The Implications of the National Minimum Wage for Training in Small Firms, 13(2), 76-86.
- Recruiting and Organising Migrant Workers Through Education and Training: A Comparison of Community and the GMB. Industrial Relations Journal, 40(3), 182-197.
- Trade Union Members’ Participation at Branch and Regional Levels: A Comparison of Women and Men in UNISON. Journal of Industrial Relations, 54(5), 669-687.
- Mobilising Resources for Union Learning: A Strategy for Revitalisation. Industrial Relations Journal, 42(6), 565-579.
- Training Provision and Workplace Institutions: An Investigation’. Industrial Relations Journal.
- Flexicurity in Crisis: European Labour Market Policies in a Time of Austerity. European Journal of Industrial Relations.
- Economic and labour market change and policies: Before and beyond austerity in Europe In Marino S, Roosblad J & Penninx R (Ed.), Trade Unions and Migrant Workers: New Contexts and Challenges in Europe (pp. 23-42).
- EU labour migration: Government and social partner policies in the UK, EU Labour Migration since Enlargement: Trends, Impacts and Policies (pp. 51-68).
- EU labour migration: Government and social partner policies in the UK, EU Labour Migration Since Enlargement: Trends, Impacts and Policies (pp. 51-68).
- Supporting, Recruiting and Organizing Migrant Workers in Ireland and the UK: A Review of Trade Union Practices In Galcoczi B, Leschke J & Watt A (Ed.), Migration and Labour Markets in Troubled Times: Skills Mismatch, Return Migration and Policy Responses. (pp. 211-234). Ashgate
- Chapter 4: Bargaining for Training: Converging or Diverging Interests?, The Role of Collective Bargaining in the Global Economy
- The State and Employment Relations In Townsend K & Wilkinson A (Ed.), The Edward Elgar Research Handbook on the Future of Work and Employment Relations (pp. 69-90). Edward Elgar
- Conclusion (pp. 245-254). Edward Elgar Publishing
- Labour policy and administration in a time of crisis (pp. 46-65). Edward Elgar Publishing
- Bargaining for Training: Converging or Diverging Interests? In Hayter S (Ed.), The Role of Collective Bargaining in a Global Economy (pp. 76-106).
- Training and Development at an Agro-Chemical Plant In Mabey C, Skinner D & Clark T (Ed.), Experiencing Human Resource Management (pp. 97-112). Sage
- Employment Protection Legislation and the Growth Crisis, The British Growth Crisis Palgrave Macmillan
- Workplace Industrial Relations and Training In Rainbird H (Ed.), Training in the Workplace (pp. 148-168). Basingstoke: Macmillan.
- Vocational Education and Training In Gold M (Ed.), Employment Policy in the European Union: Origins, Themes and Prospects (pp. 188-209). Palgrave Macmillan
- The State, Capital and Labour Relations in Crisis In Colling T & Terry M (Ed.), Industrial Relations: Theory and Practice (pp. 106-124). Wiley Blackwell
- EU Labour Migration: Government and Social Partner Policies in the UK In Galcoczi B, Leschke J & Watt A (Ed.), EU Labour Mobility Since Enlargement: Trends, Impacts and Policies (pp. 51-68). Ashgate
- The State and Employment Relations In Townsend K & Wilkinson A (Ed.), The Edward Elgar Research Handbook on Work and Employment Relations. (pp. 69-90). Edward Elgar
- The State, Business and Training In Coen D, Wilson G & Grant W (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Business and Government (pp. 544-564). OUP
- Self‐Employment as Precarious Work: A European Perspective, Edited by WietekeConen and JoopSchippers, 273 pp., ISBN: 978178811 502 5, Price £95. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 58(2), 473-474.
- Living On The Edge: The Experiences Of Insecure Work in The UK.
- New Developments and Trends in Undeclared Work within the Sharing/Collaborative Economy
- View this article in WRRO The Practices of Enforcement Bodies in Detecting and Preventing Bogus Self-Employment
- Labour Ministries and Labour Administration in Transition: Recent Developments and Future Prospects
- View this article in WRRO Comparative Developments in Labour Administration. International Labour Organisation Working Paper.
- Varieties of Liberalisation’. Labor and Employment Relations Association winter conference, Chicago, USA.
- Labour Market Policy in Europe: Upholding Labour Standards in Liberal Market Economies. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management conference, Washington DC, USA.
- "Labour market policy in Europe: Upholding labour standards in Liberal Market Economies".
- "Flexicurity in the EU”.
- "Labour Geography and labour inspection: opportunities for agency in the regulatory landscapes of South Africa and Ireland".
- Regulation, Supply Chains and the Informal Economy.
- Regulating the informal economy and upholding labour standards – contrasting approaches from the USA, the UK and Ireland. International Labour Process Conference, Berlin.
- Towards a Comparative Aanlysis of Labour Administration Systems. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management conference, Miami, USA.
- "Towards a Comparative Analysis of Labour Administration Systems".
- "Upholding labour standards in Liberal Market Economies – Comparing approaches from the USA, the UK and Ireland".
- Unpacking EU Labour Market Policy in the Aftermath of the Financial Crash. Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) conference, LSE, London.
- “Austicurity? Unpacking EU Labour Market Policy in the Aftermath of the Financial Crash”. LSE.
- "Job Creation in the UK: An Evaluation of the Record Since 2010”.
- “Where now for Flexicurity? Exploring EU labour market policy change pre and post the 2008 financial crisis”,. Sheffield University Management School.
- European labour market policies in the wake of the economic crisis: patterns of convergence and divergence in the EU. 33rd International Labour Process Conference, Athens.
- Shifting Patterns of Youth Employment in the EU-15. Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) conference. Chicago, USA.
- Varieties of Capitalism Reconsidered: Learning from the Great Recession and its Aftermath. Intenational Labour Process Conference, Kings College London.
- Research group
Applications for PhD's are encouraged in the broad fields of Employment Relations and HRM.
- Specific areas of interest include:
- employment relations and political economy
- the state and employment relations
- employment protection legislation
- governance and regulation of the labour market
- low-paid work and precarious work
For further information, check the PhD project directory.
- Teaching activities
Jason has a strong commitment to providing students with an interesting and intellectually challenging learning experience.
He is currently responsible for the following modules:
- MGT659 Industrial Relations (MSc HRM module)
- MGT6157 Social Theory for Management and Accounting and Finance Researchers (PGR module)
Jason has contributed to curriculum development in various ways. He initiated and designed the Social Theory module for PGR students and previously served as the programme director for the school’s MSc HRM programme.
He actively contributes to the Faculty of Social Science’s Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) and has arranged for groups of students to attend meetings of the ILO’s governing body, held in Geneva.
His contribution to the GLI has been recognised through a Faculty of Social Science Learning & Teaching Award in 2015 and a Senate Award for Collaborative Activities in 2016.