How do pay cuts stack up as an alternative to redundancies? In a first of its kind, the authors of this study looked at the difference in work attitudes when employees were faced with pay cuts or surviving redundancy. The research directly compares the impact on productivity of salary reduction against surviving redundancies.

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Katie Stickland

Katie joined the CIPD in 2023 as the Knowledge Exchange Manager. Most recently she has been supporting large and complex research and knowledge exchange projects in the higher education sector, including a Russell Group institution. She also has experience working for local authorities and third sector organisations to support businesses and communities to make a difference in their localities.  With a degree in Applied Social Science: Anthropology from the University of Southampton Katie works to facilitate the flow of research learnings into practice and lived experience into research development. 


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