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Applying behavioural insights to labour markets

Employment is perhaps one of the areas that can benefit the most from the application of behavioural insights and robust evaluation. From both the supply and demand side of the labour market, small changes can have big effects. Small percentage increase to employment figures can mean substantial wellbeing improvements to citizens and communities, and large […]

November 23, 2017

When attempts to improve the treatment of women fail

The recent spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace has led employers from Hollywood to Westminster to think about how they treat women. This, alongside the introduction of the new requirement for employers to report their Gender Pay Gap, means it is a good time to ask the question: what do we know about what […]

November 23, 2017

BI Ventures is hiring: help us drive our flagship products Predictiv and Promptable

BI Ventures is expanding! We are looking for excellent candidates to drive two of our flagship products in the following roles: Head of Growth (Founding Team), Predictiv Head of Growth (Founding Team), Promptable To scale Promptable and Predictiv we need people who can drive the product strategy, lead on global customer acquisition and retention, and eventually grow […]

November 20, 2017

The first Briton to give away £1bn

This week saw a quiet, private celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Gatsby Foundation. In case you haven’t heard of it, Gatsby is the charity through which David (Lord) Sainsbury has given away over £1bn. He was the first Briton ever to pass this threshold. Set up when he was just 26, the Foundation […]

November 17, 2017

How flexible working can improve gender equality in the workplace

Today is Equal Pay Day – an annual reminder of gender inequality in the workplace. While attention rightly tends to focus on the pay gap between men and women, there are a number of issues that impact differently on employees depending on their gender. One of those is flexible working. Half of UK employees would […]

November 10, 2017

Global funders back Applied, first spin out from the Behavioural Insights Team

We are delighted to announce that Applied, the online recruitment tool spun out from the Behavioural Insights Team, has successfully raised funding which will enable it to scale its operations worldwide. Applied started as a project within BIT, when we began to change our internal hiring practices in line with latest research. We discovered that […]

November 8, 2017

Changing teachers’ attitudes toward corporal punishment

Physical punishment — from hitting children with sticks to making them kneel to slapping them — occurs every day in classrooms throughout the world. Yet we know experiences of violence at school are linked to lower attendance and academic achievement as well as higher drop-out rates. In turn, lower educational attainment rates among girls can have effects across generations, leading to […]

November 7, 2017

Vacancy: Interim General Counsel (Maternity Cover), London

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is looking for an exceptional candidate to join us as the interim General Counsel in our London office. The successful applicant will be the sole in-house lawyer supporting the BIT Group of Companies worldwide.  Candidates must be comfortable taking pragmatic and commercial day to day decisions on a wide range of […]

November 1, 2017

Running RCTs with complex interventions

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade, and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard” – JFK It is no secret that we are big fans  of the use of randomised controlled trials as a means of working out whether a policy is working. RCTs […]

November 1, 2017

About that extra hour: how Daylight Saving Time affects our behaviour

For those of us who have ever had a bad night’s sleep, it probably won’t come as a surprise that how well rested we are affects our behaviour. In Scarcity, for example, reductions in cognitive power are put in the context of a lost night of sleep. But what about the impact of much smaller […]

October 30, 2017