Talking Point: Fair Work decision hits hardest where we’re already hurting – McKell Institute

Helen Polley citing The McKell Institute’s report into the Fair Work Commissions penalty rates decision for Tasmania’s The Mercury.  Extract The Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut penalty rates is a huge blow to the pay packets of Tasmania’s most vulnerable and lowest-paid workers. I don’t think anybody ever expected that the Fair Work Commission … [Read More] Talking Point: Fair Work decision hits hardest where we’re already hurting – McKell Institute

National Employment Standards Need an Overhaul: Former Fair Work Commissioner – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Anna Patty The employment safety net needs a wide-ranging overhaul and minimum rates of pay should be cut in order to help solve youth unemployment, says former Fair Work Commission vice-president Graeme Watson. In in his first public appearance since resigning last month, Mr Watson used a speech at the Centre … [Read More] National Employment Standards Need an Overhaul: Former Fair Work Commissioner – Sydney Morning Herald

The Policymaker’s Dilemma: The Risks and Benefits of a ‘Black Box’ Approach to Commissioning Active Labour Market Programmes – Social Policy & Administration

Article by Mark Considine, Siobhan O’Sullivan, Phuc Nguyen ABSTRACT In September 2009, the British Government launched a new employment assistance model called Flexible New Deal. It was soon replaced by Work Programme in 2011. Both prioritized what is often called a ‘black box’ approach to public employment assistance, whereby the government purchaser focuses predominantly on outcomes … [Read More] The Policymaker’s Dilemma: The Risks and Benefits of a ‘Black Box’ Approach to Commissioning Active Labour Market Programmes – Social Policy & Administration

Australian Unemployment Jumps, Jobs Fall – Business Insider Australia

Extract from an article by David Shutt Australia’s February jobs report has missed expectations, with unemployment shooting higher as employment growth fell. According to the ABS, employment fell by 6,400 in seasonally adjusted terms, missing the median economist forecast that was looking for an increase of 16,500. It was the first decline in employment since … [Read More] Australian Unemployment Jumps, Jobs Fall – Business Insider Australia

Vocational Education Participation and Attainment Among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: Trends 2002-2015 and Employment Outcomes – Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

ABSTRACT This report examines trends in participation in vocational education and training, and attainment of vocational qualifications, among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people during 2002–15. The report also investigates whether Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a higher-level vocational qualification are more likely to subsequently gain employment than those with a lower-level vocational … [Read More] Vocational Education Participation and Attainment Among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: Trends 2002-2015 and Employment Outcomes – Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Labour Force, Australia, February 2017 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

MEDIA RELEASE: Trend unemployment rate at 5.8 per cent 16 March 2017 The trend unemployment rate in Australia was 5.8 per cent in February 2017, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. “Over the past year, we have continued to see a relatively steady trend unemployment rate between 5.7 per cent and … [Read More] Labour Force, Australia, February 2017 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Employment in Renewable Energy Activities, Australia, 2015-16 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

MEDIA RELEASE:  Employment in renewable energy down 16% in 2015-16, 17 March 2017 Employment in renewable energy activity fell 16 per cent between 2014-15 and 2015-16, continuing a decline in renewable energy employment since 2011-12, according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) publication released today. ABS Program Manager of Environment and Agricultural Statistics, Lisa Wardlaw-Kelly, … [Read More] Employment in Renewable Energy Activities, Australia, 2015-16 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australia’s Unemployment Rate Rises to 5.9% with 6,400 Jobs Lost in February – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Gareth Hutchens Australia’s unemployment rate rises to 5.9% with 6,400 jobs lost in February | Business | The Guardian The total number of Australians in work fell, against market expectations, but full-time employment rose by 27,100. Australia’s unemployment rate has hit a 14-month high, rising to 5.9% in February, widely … [Read More] Australia’s Unemployment Rate Rises to 5.9% with 6,400 Jobs Lost in February – The Guardian

Connecting People with Jobs: Key Issues for Raising Labour Market Participation in Australia – OECD

SUMMARY Giving people better opportunities to participate actively in the labour market improves well-being. It also helps countries to cope with rapid population ageing by mobilising more fully each country’s potential labour resources. Weak labour market attachment of some groups in society reflects a range of barriers to working or moving up the jobs ladder. … [Read More] Connecting People with Jobs: Key Issues for Raising Labour Market Participation in Australia – OECD

Young workers expect their older colleagues to get out of the way – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Michael North There are many names for the narratives pitting the older generation against the younger: Gen-Y versus Baby Boomers, “Generation Me” versus “Generation We,” and unfortunately my research demonstrates that the younger generation do see the older generation as competitors. My findings show overall that younger people have certain expectations … [Read More] Young workers expect their older colleagues to get out of the way – The Conversation

Millennials in the workplace: not as different as you think – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Nick Haslam Comparing generations is a reliable way to provoke an argument. Members of one generation are apt to criticise the failings of others and be blind to their own. As George Orwell wrote: “Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser … [Read More] Millennials in the workplace: not as different as you think – The Conversation

Social Embeddedness, Formal Labor Supply, and Participation in Informal Work (US) – International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ABSTRACT Purpose – This study analyzes data from the first-ever national-level study of informal work in the United States (U.S.) to test two prominent points of focus in the literature: how participation in informal work relates to social embeddedness and formal labor supply. This paper also provides a comparative test of the factors associated with exchange-based … [Read More] Social Embeddedness, Formal Labor Supply, and Participation in Informal Work (US) – International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

Fostering employability among youth at-risk in a multi-cultural context: Insights from a pilot intervention program – Children & Youth Services Review

ABSTRACT Highlights •A national program for fostering employability in at-risk adolescents is evaluated. •Specific aspects of the program that promoted employability are highlighted. •Improvement in employability and participants’ feedback were culture-specific. •Recommendations are made for flexible, culture-sensitive operation strategies. Abstract Recent studies indicate that the transition from school to work is a critical juncture in … [Read More] Fostering employability among youth at-risk in a multi-cultural context: Insights from a pilot intervention program – Children & Youth Services Review

Timing it wrong: benefits, income tests, overpayments and debts – Inside Story

Extract from an article by Peter Whiteford and Jane Millar The Centrelink overpayments controversy highlights shortcomings in social security reforms in Australia and Britain Unexpected bills can be a challenge for any household. But for people who rely on social security payments, unexpected news of a significant debt – sometimes dating back years – can … [Read More] Timing it wrong: benefits, income tests, overpayments and debts – Inside Story

Platform labor: on the gendered and racialized exploitation of low-income service work in the ‘on-demand’ economy – Information, Communication & Society

ABSTRACT How does one value something one cannot and often does not want to see? How do contemporary digital platforms and their infrastructures of connectivity, evaluation, and surveillance affect this relationship between value and visibility, when it is mediated through the problem of labor as at once a commodity and a lived experience? And how … [Read More] Platform labor: on the gendered and racialized exploitation of low-income service work in the ‘on-demand’ economy – Information, Communication & Society

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