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

Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Shirley Jackson The Fair Work Commission decided to cut Sunday and some public holiday rates of pay across the hospitality, retail, pharmacy and fast food industries for full time, part time and some casual workers. This will hit young people the hardest as research tells us that while a third of … [Read More] Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most – The Conversation

Overcoming youth disadvantage – the difference a license makes – YACVic

Media Release Concerns are rising about youth unemployment and the risk that disadvantaged young people may remain seriously marginalised from the rest of the community. Today Victoria’s peak body for young people put forward one simple question: what if all young people got the right help to become safe, independent drivers?    “We know that … [Read More] Overcoming youth disadvantage – the difference a license makes – YACVic

Penalty rates for Sunday, holiday work to be slashed after landmark decision by Fair Work Commission – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Nick Toscano and Anna Patty Hundreds of thousands of Australians who work on Sundays will have their take-home pay slashed after a landmark ruling by the national workplace umpire. The Fair Work Commission on Thursday morning announced Sunday penalty rates paid in retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy industries will be … [Read More] Penalty rates for Sunday, holiday work to be slashed after landmark decision by Fair Work Commission – Sydney Morning Herald

Is self-employment Taylor-made for people with disabilities? (UK) – Resolution Foundation

Extract from an article by Conor d’Arcy Whatever your job, it’s been hard to escape self-employment lately. Whether it’s plumbers, couriers or drivers, the pros and cons of working for yourself have rarely been far from the headlines. The Taylor Review of modern employment practices has kept the flame burning, with its recommendations likely to … [Read More] Is self-employment Taylor-made for people with disabilities? (UK) – Resolution Foundation

Record employment not helping working-age families avoid poverty, new research shows (UK) – Intergenerational Foundation

Extract from an article by David Kingman David Kingman looks at the findings of a new piece of research into the living standards. Since the “Great Recession” began in 2008, one of the biggest successes of the UK economy has been the so-called “jobs miracle”, which has seen the number of people in some kind of … [Read More] Record employment not helping working-age families avoid poverty, new research shows (UK) – Intergenerational Foundation

Wages growth remains at record low – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Media Release The seasonally adjusted Wage Price Index (WPI) rose 1.9 per cent through the year to the December quarter 2016, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This result equals the record low wages growth recorded in the September quarter 2016. Seasonally adjusted, private sector wages rose 0.4 per … [Read More] Wages growth remains at record low – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Job insecurity cuts to the core of identity and social stability – and can push people towards extremism – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Eva Selenko and Chris Stride “Will I lose my job in the near future?” For most people this is an unpleasant scenario to ponder, and for many it is a real and pressing concern. Since the financial crisis, more than half of all jobs created in the European Union have been through … [Read More] Job insecurity cuts to the core of identity and social stability – and can push people towards extremism – The Conversation

Empowerment, Capabilities and Homelessness: The Limitations of Employment-focused Social Enterprises in Addressing Complex Needs – HT&S

ABSTRACT ‘Empowerment’ is often said to be a key objective of policies aiming to improve the lives of homeless people and other vulnerable groups. This paper contends that Sen and Nussbaum’s influential ‘capability’ approach provides an appropriate means of operationalising this arguably nebulous concept. Via a critique of work-focused social enterprises in the homelessness field, … [Read More] Empowerment, Capabilities and Homelessness: The Limitations of Employment-focused Social Enterprises in Addressing Complex Needs – HT&S

Full-time employment increases for fourth straight month – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Media Release Monthly trend full-time employment increased by 6,500 in Australia in January 2017, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. This was the fourth consecutive month of increasing full-time employment, after eight consecutive decreases earlier in 2016. Total trend employment increased by 11,700 persons to 11,984,300 persons in January … [Read More] Full-time employment increases for fourth straight month – Australian Bureau of Statistics

The skills you need to succeed in the digital economy, and how to get them – World Economic Forum

Extract from an article by Surya Kant A classroom in a suitcase equipping remote parts of the world with the tools of education. A digital library made up of over 30,000 books in 43 languages across 63 countries, tackling illiteracy head on. And a hybrid wifi router and mobile modem, ensuring those with unreliable connectivity and … [Read More] The skills you need to succeed in the digital economy, and how to get them – World Economic Forum

“Closing the Gap” is Failing and Needs a Radical Overhaul – The Conversation

Extract from an artilce by Diana Perche, Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy, Macquarie University Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull presented the ninth annual Closing the Gap report to parliament this week. In keeping with previous reports, it outlined limited progress on key indicators of Indigenous disadvantage established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2008. These … [Read More] “Closing the Gap” is Failing and Needs a Radical Overhaul – The Conversation

Closing the Gap: Prime Minister’s report 2017 – Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia)

This ninth Closing the Gap report showcases real successes being achieved at a local level across the country—by individuals, communities, organisations and government. However, at a national level, progress needs to accelerate. Over the long term there are improvements across a number of the targets, however these improvements are not enough to meet the majority of … [Read More] Closing the Gap: Prime Minister’s report 2017 – Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia)

Untapped Talent: The costs of brain waste among highly skilled immigrants in the United States – MPI

While the United States has long been a top destination for the world’s best and brightest, it has fallen short when it comes to fully tapping the skills and training of these newcomers. As a result, nearly 2 million immigrants with college degrees in the United States—one out of every four—are relegated to low-skilled jobs … [Read More] Untapped Talent: The costs of brain waste among highly skilled immigrants in the United States – MPI

Australia’s First Homelessness Social Impact Bond Reaches ‘Fruition’ – Pro Bono Australia

Extract from an article by Ellie Cooper South Australia has launched the country’s first homelessness social impact bond, which will support 600 people through a program focused on life skills and employment pathways. The $9 million bond, called Aspire, is a partnership between Social Ventures Australia, the South Australian government, and not-for-profit organisations Hutt St … [Read More] Australia’s First Homelessness Social Impact Bond Reaches ‘Fruition’ – Pro Bono Australia

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