Head of Economics & Social Policy, 2011-2013
Matthew now works at Which?, heading up their economic analysis unit. Matthew was Policy Exchange’s Head of Economics & Social Policy from 2011 to 2013, focusing on welfare reform, growth and the UK economy, public sector reform and financial policy. His recent publications include an assessment of the public sector pay premium across the wage distribution; reports outlining the next steps for tackling unemployment and benefit dependency; and a report outlining areas where Government must focus to boost growth in the long-term.
Related Posts & Publications
Mind the Gap: The size and costs of pay differentials between the public and private sectors in the UK
by Matthew Oakley | Sep 4, 2012Read Publication This paper considers how public and private wages differ in local areas. It extends the UK literature in two key ways. First it uses the Special License version of the Annual Population Survey to allow wage differentials to be identified using...
by Matthew Oakley | Sep 4, 2012Read Publication Rebalancing the pay and pensions of public sector workers so that they are in line with that of equivalent workers in the private sector would save the UK £6.3 billion a year in public spending. This money would be better spent on tackling local...
by Matthew Oakley | Sep 4, 2012Read Publication Welfare Reform 2.0 says politicians need to be more honest about how successful JobCentre Plus is at reducing the number of people claiming benefits. While they talk of 75% of all benefit claimants moving off JSA within six months, in fact, less than...
by Matthew Oakley | Nov 30, 2011Read Publication This Research Note updates and extends our previous analysis of the public sector pay gap using three new quarters of Labour Force Survey data. It shows that for the median worker, an hourly pay gap of 8.89% exists when adjusted for age, gender, full...
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