John Forth is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Cass Business School. His work focuses on the organisation of firms and its implications for employee well-being and productivity. He has particular interests in the economic returns to human resource management practices, the impact of employment regulation and how firms' choices of HR policies affect labour market inequality.
His research has been published in a range of international journals, including The Economic Journal, the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Human Relations, Industrial Relations, Labour Economics, and the Human Resource Management Journal, and has been covered by all of the major media outlets including The Financial Times, The Guardian, BBC News and Sky News.
Recent funders of his research include the European Commission, the UK Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Office for Manpower Economics.
- MA Industrial Relations (with distinction), University of Warwick, United Kingdom, Sep 1994 – Jun 1995
- Fellow, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, Jun 2016 – present
- Human Resource Management
- Industrial Relations/Labour Studies
- Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management
- Gender & Diversity Management
Journal articles (20)
- Bryson, A., Forth, J. and Stokes, L. (2018). The Performance Pay Premium and Wage Dispersion in Britain. The Manchester School, 86(2), pp. 139–154. doi:10.1111/manc.12174.
- Forth, J., Bryson, A. and George, A. (2017). Explaining cross-national variation in workplace employee representation. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 23(4), pp. 415–433. doi:10.1177/0959680117697861.
- Stokes, L., Bryson, A., Forth, J. and Weale, M. (2017). Who Fared Better? The Fortunes of Performance Pay and Fixed Pay Workers through Recession. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 55(4), pp. 778–801. doi:10.1111/bjir.12245.
- Bryson, A., Forth, J. and Stokes, L. (2017). How much performance pay is there in the public sector and what are its effects? Human Resource Management Journal, 27(4), pp. 581–597. doi:10.1111/1748-8583.12153.
- Bryson, A., Forth, J. and Stokes, L. (2017). Does employees’ subjective well-being affect workplace performance? Human Relations, 70(8), pp. 1017–1037. doi:10.1177/0018726717693073.
- Forth, J., Bryson, A. and Stokes, L. (2016). Are firms paying more for performance? INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANPOWER, 37(2), pp. 323–343. doi:10.1108/IJM-01-2015-0006.
- Bryson, A., Forth, J. and Zhou, M. (2014). Who posts performance bonds and why? Evidence from China's CEOs. CHINA ECONOMIC REVIEW, 30, pp. 520–529. doi:10.1016/j.chieco.2014.03.001.
- Bryson, A., Forth, J. and Zhou, M. (2014). Same or Different? The CEO Labour Market in China's Public Listed Companies. The Economic Journal, 124(574). doi:10.1111/ecoj.12107.
- Riley, R., Metcalf, H. and Forth, J. (2013). The business case for equal opportunities. Industrial Relations Journal, 44(3), pp. 216–239. doi:10.1111/irj.12017.
- Bryson, A., Forth, J. and Laroche, P. (2011). Evolution or revolution? The impact of unions on workplace performance in Britain and France. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, 17(2), pp. 171–187. doi:10.1177/0959680111400907.
- Charlwood, A. and Forth, J. (2011). Les mutations de la représentation des salariés en Grande-Bretagne. La Revue de l'Ires, 68(1), pp. 43–43. doi:10.3917/rdli.068.0043.
- Forth, J., Bewley, H., Bryson, A., Dix, G. and Oxenbridge, S. (2010). Survey errors and survey costs: a response to Timming's critique of the Survey of Employees Questionnaire in WERS 2004. WORK EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIETY, 24(3), pp. 578–590. doi:10.1177/0950017010371647.
- Forth, J. and McNabb, R. (2008). Workplace performance: a comparison of subjective and objective measures in the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey. Industrial Relations Journal, 39(2), pp. 104–123. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2338.2007.00480.x.
- Blanchflower, D.G., Bryson, A. and Forth, J. (2007). Workplace industrial relations in Britain, 1980?2004. Industrial Relations Journal, 38(4), pp. 285–302. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2338.2007.00449.x.
- Bryson, A., Charlwood, A. and Forth, J. (2006). Worker voice, managerial response and labour productivity: an empirical investigation. Industrial Relations Journal, 37(5), pp. 438–455. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2338.2006.00414.x.
- Bryson, A., Forth, J. and Kirby, S. (2005). High-involvement management practices, trade union representation and workplace performance in Britain. SCOTTISH JOURNAL OF POLITICAL ECONOMY, 52(3), pp. 451–491. doi:10.1111/j.0036-9292.2005.00352.x.
- Forth, J. and Metcalf, H. (2005). Comment on How to close the gender pay gap in Europe by Jill Rubery, Damian Grimshaw and Hugo Figueiredo. Industrial Relations Journal, 36(3), pp. 214–216. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2338.2005.00354.x.
- Forth, J. and Millward, N. (2004). High-involvement management and pay in Britain. INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, 43(1), pp. 98–119. doi:10.1111/j.0019-8676.2004.00320.x.
- Forth, J. and Millward, N. (2002). Union effects on pay levels in Britain. LABOUR ECONOMICS, 9(4), pp. 547–561. doi:10.1016/S0927-5371(02)00047-7.
- Forth, J. and Millward, N. (2001). The Impact of Unions on Pay Levels in Lower-Skilled Jobs. National Institute Economic Review, 176(1), pp. 76–90. doi:10.1177/002795010117600107.
- Forth, J. and Rincon-Aznar, A. (2018). Productivity in the UK’s low-wage industries: a comparative cross-country analysis. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. ISBN 978-1-911581-22-2.
- Bryson, A. and Forth, J. (2017). The Added Value of Trade Unions. London, UK: TUC.
- Bryson, A. and Forth, J. (2017). Wage Growth in Pay Review Body Occupations. UK: Office of Manpower Economics.
- Stokes, L., Bryson, A., Bewley, H. and Forth, J. (2017). Older workers and the workplace: evidence from the Workplace Employment Relations Survey. London, UK: Department for Work and Pensions. ISBN 978-1-911003-63-2.
- Bewley, H., Ebell, M. and Forth, J. (2016). Estimating the financial costs of pregnancy and maternity-related discrimination and disadvantage. Manchester, UK: Equality and Human Rights Commission. ISBN 978-1-84206-681-2.
- Rincon-Aznar, A., Forth, J., Mason, G., O'Mahony, M. and Bernini, M. (2015). UK Skills and Productivity in an International Context. London, UK: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
- Forth, J. (2014). An Overview of Employment Relations in the Acas Regions. ACAS. ISBN 978-1-908370-56-3.
- Metcalf, H. and Forth, J. (2014). Study into Average Civil Compensation in Mesothelioma Cases. London, UK: Department for Work and Pensions.
- Bryson, A. and Forth, J. (2011). Work/life Balance and Trade Unions. London, UK: Trades Union Congress.