Research Report

Human resource practices and firm growth: an exploratory analysis from the matched employer skills survey and the ONS business structure database A statistical report produced by the Enterprise Research Centre for UKCES

ERC Research Report


Karen Bonner, Stephen Roper , Mark Hart

Associated Themes
  • Management and Leadership
  • Productivity and performance

This project aimed to explore the role of Human Resource (HR) practices in driving firm growth. Central to the project is the use of the 2011 Employer Skills Survey (ESS) which provides detailed information on the HR practices adopted in individual workplaces. These observations were matched to establishment data derived from the longitudinal Business Structure Database (BSD) which provides time-series information on employment and turnover for all UK firms and establishments registered for VAT and/or PAYE.