Nicola Smith was appointed Head of the Economic and Social Affairs Department (ESAD) at the Trades Union Congress in March 2011.
The Department undertakes research and develops policy in a wide range of areas including: macro-economic policy, the labour market, public spending, industrial policy, the environment, tax, corporate governance, social security and the welfare state, working time, minimum wage, vulnerable work, housing, transport and pensions.
ESAD works closely with many partners on these areas including trade unions, government departments and agencies, employers, NGOs, think tanks, parliamentarians and journalists.
Before joining the TUC as Head of ESAD, Nicola was a Senior Policy Officer in the Department responsible for coordinating the work of the Commission on Vulnerable Employment and then specialising in labour market and social welfare policy. Prior to that she worked as a principal researcher at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion and in policy and research roles for Barnardo’s and the Children and Young People’s Unit at the then Department for Education and Skills.
Nicola has written widely and contributed to radio and television broadcasts on many topics including the welfare state, labour market trends, social exclusion and poverty.