Dr Gary Slater - BA, MA, PhD

Current research interests

  • Changing labour markets, occupational change and mobility
  • The productivity paradox in the UK economy
  • Temporary agency work: regulation; wage outcomes; employment progression

My interests lie mainly in the areas of labour economics, macroeconomic policy and political economy. 

Current projects include:

Grants and Consultancies

2015-17: ESRC Seminar Series Factor Income Distribution, Work and Employment: Social and Economic Perspectives For more details click here

2010-11: Consultant to Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training on UK labour market (£6,000)

2009-10: Consultant to ACAS on wage-setting in the temporary agency industry (with C. Forde) (£12,000)

2003-4: Consultant to The Nottinghamshire Research Observatory, European Social Fund Co-Financing Project: An Examination of Skills and Economic Inactivity

Refereeing for Academic Journals

British Journal of Industrial Relations; Cambridge Journal of Economics; Capital and Class; Employee Relations; Human Relations; Industrial Relations Journal; International Review of Applied Economics; Journal of Applied Economics; Journal of Cultural Economics; Journal of Economic Issues; Journal of Economic Surveys; Metroeconomica; Review of Political Economy; Review of Social Economy


Journal Articles

(2016) ‘Labour market regulation and the ‘competition state’: an analysis of the implementation of the Agency Working Regulations in the UK’, Work, Employment and Society, 30(4), pp.590-606 (with C. Forde)

(2015) ‘New Labour and work-time regulation: a Marxian analysis of the UK economy’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 39(3), pp.711-732 (with B. Philp and D. Wheatley)

(2014) ‘Workplace relations, unemployment and finance-dominated capitalism’, Review of Keynesian Economics, 2(2), pp.134-146 (with D. Spencer)

(2010) ‘Visions of the future, the legacy of the past: demystifying the weightless economy’, Labor History, 51(1), pp.7-27 (with P. Nolan)

(2009) ‘Economic well-being and British regions: the problem with GDP per capita’, Review of Social Economy, 67(4), pp.483-505 (with D. Harvie,  B. Philp and D. Wheatley) – reproduced in W. Dolfsma, D. Figart, R. McMaster, E. Mutari and M. White (eds.) (2016) Social Economics: Volume 3 – Social Provisioning, London: Routledge

(2006) ‘It’s the taking part that counts? Participation, performance and external labour market conditions’, Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, 61(2), pp.296-320 (with C. Forde and D. Spencer)

(2006) ‘Fearing the worst? Threat, participation and workplace productivity’, Economic and Industrial Democracy, 27(3), pp.369-398 (with C. Forde and D. Spencer)

(2006) ‘The nature and experience of agency working in Britain: what are the challenges for human resource management?’, Personnel Review, 35(2), pp.141-157 (with C. Forde)

(2005) ‘Agency working in Britain: character, consequences and regulation’, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 43(2), pp.249-271 (with C. Forde)

(2005) ‘Preferences, power and the determination of working hours’, Journal of Economic Issues, 39(1), pp.75-90 (with D. Harvie and B. Philp)

(2004) ‘Continuities within paradigmatic change: activation, social policies and citizenship in the context of welfare reform in Slovenia and the UK’, European Societies, 6(4), pp. 511-534 (with A. Kopač and S. Wright)

(2002) ‘Driven to abstraction? Critical realism and the search for the “inner connection” of social phenomena’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 26(6), pp.773-788 (with A. Brown and D. Spencer)

(2000) ‘The uncertain foundations of transaction costs economics’, Journal of Economic Issues, 34(1), pp.61-87 (with D. Spencer)

Contributions to Books

(2016) ‘Employment agency’ and ‘Temporary work’ in A. Wilkinson and S. Johnstone (eds.) Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp.122-3 and 436-7 (with C. Forde).

(2013) ‘Market forces’, in C. Santos, M. Higginson, S. Himmelweit, P. Howells, J. Lowe, M. Mackintosh, W. Morgan, S. Parris, R. Simonetti, H. Stone and A. Trigg  (eds.) Running the Economy, Book 2, Milton Keynes: The Open University.

(2012) ‘Unemployment’ in B. Fine and A. Saad-Filho (eds.) The Elgar Companion to Marxist Economics, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

(2011) ‘Wage determination, discrimination and segmentation in labour markets’, in R. Simonetti; P. Anand; S. Himmelweit; M. Mackintosh; C. Santos; and H. Stone (eds.) Doing Economics: People, Markets and Policy Book 2, Part 1, Milton Keynes: The Open University

(2007) ‘Temporary work in the UK: evolution and regulation’ in B.V.S. Prasad and Sangeetha, K. (eds.) Temping: An Introduction, Hyderabad: ICFAI University Press, pp.125-144

(2006) Entries on ‘Monetarism’ and ‘Full Employment’, in T. Fitzpatrick; N. Manning; J. Midgeley; G. Pascall; and H. Kwon (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Social Policy, London: Routledge

(2006) ‘Temporary work in the UK: evolution and regulation’ in S. Reddy (ed.) Contingent Staffing: Concepts and Applications, Hyderabad: ICFAI University Press, pp.137-154

(2003) ‘The labour market: history, structure and prospects’ in P. Edwards (ed.) Industrial Relations: Theory and Practice, Oxford: Blackwell, pp.58-80 (with P. Nolan)

(2002) ‘The real economy, not the new economy’ in K. Ewing and J. Hendy (eds.) A Charter of Workers’ Rights, London: Institute of Employment Rights, pp.21-32 (with J. Cruddas and P. Nolan)

(2000) ‘Employee relations, labour market change and economic performance’, in G.B.J. Atkinson (ed.) Developments in Economics, Volume 16, Ormskirk: Causeway Press (with P. Nolan)


(2011) The Role of Employment Agencies in Pay Setting, ACAS Research Report Series 05/11 (with C. Forde). Full report available here

(2011) ‘Non-regular employment in the United Kingdom’, in Non-Regular Employment – Issues and Challenges to the Major Developed Countries, JIPLT Report no.10, 2011, Tokyo: The Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training. Full report available here

(2008) Agency Working in the UK: What Do We Know?, Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change, Policy Report no.2, CERIC, University of Leeds (with C. Forde and F. Green). Full report available here

(2003) ‘Temporary work in the UK: evolution and regulation’, Nottinghamshire Research Observatory Occasional Paper Series, no.7

(2003) ‘Working hours, productivity, participation and unemployment: accounting for differences in regional performance’, Nottinghamshire Research Observatory Occasional Paper Series, no.8 (with D. Harvie and B. Philp)


Email: g.slater@leeds.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)113 34 30041

Location: G.34, Liberty Building

Associate Professor in Economics