How can you budget on a zero-hours contract? (UK) – Debt Advice Foundation

New figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) say that at least 1.4million workers in Great Britain are on contracts that don’t guarantee a minimum number of hours. This number includes zero-hours contracts and some other forms which do not guarantee work.

The ONS also identified another 1.3 million work contracts where no . . . → Read More: How can you budget on a zero-hours contract? (UK) – Debt Advice Foundation

Youth unemployment statistics for small geographic areas: a quick guide – Australian Parliamentary Library

Research Paper by Penny Vandenbroek

This guide provides a brief overview of the youth unemployment data available for small geographic areas. This is one in a series of Quick Guides related to labour statistics, designed to provide a basic understanding of Australian labour market data. Other guides include labour force, unemployment, youth unemployment and employment, . . . → Read More: Youth unemployment statistics for small geographic areas: a quick guide – Australian Parliamentary Library

The Report of the National Commission of Audit – Towards Reponsible Government

The National Commission of Audit was announced by the Treasurer, the Hon Joe Hockey MP, and the Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, on 22 October 2013.

The Australian Government has released the Phase One and Phase Two Reports of the National Commission of Audit – Towards Responsible Government.

The Commission was established . . . → Read More: The Report of the National Commission of Audit – Towards Reponsible Government

Welfare groups warn of tough times as youth unemployment skyrockets – ABC News

Extract from an article by Matt Wordsworth

Employment and welfare groups are warning that Australia’s youth unemployment figures are increasing at an alarming rate.

While the overall unemployment rate is 6 per cent, the figure among the nation’s youth is more than double that and growing rapidly.

The number of 18 to 20-year-olds receiving Newstart . . . → Read More: Welfare groups warn of tough times as youth unemployment skyrockets – ABC News

Generation’s success depends on more than jobs – Online Opinion

Extract from an article by Jan Owen

Australian employers are zooming in on youth unemployment and the ‘skills mismatch’ in a way that is crucial and long overdue.

Recent roundtables have seen leading CEOs having much needed conversations with young people about their aspirations and the challenges they face in making the transition from school . . . → Read More: Generation’s success depends on more than jobs – Online Opinion

Labour Stats 101 youth unemployment: a quick guide – Australian Parliamentary Library

Report by Penny Vandenbroek

This guide provides a brief overview of youth unemployment, an introduction to the key concepts and terminology used, and lists relevant data sources. This is one in a series of Quick Guides related to labour statistics, designed to provide a basic understanding of the Australian labour market data. Other guides include . . . → Read More: Labour Stats 101 youth unemployment: a quick guide – Australian Parliamentary Library

Indigenous Employment Programme Labour Market Assistance Outcome Report – Australian Government Dept of Employment

The latest Indigenous Employment Programme Labour Market Assistance Outcome report has now been released.

The Labour Market Assistance Outcomes report publishes the key outcomes data for Indigenous Employment Programme every three months.

This quarterly report contains information about Indigenous post labour market assistance outcomes achieved for Job Services Australia and other employment programmes.

Link to . . . → Read More: Indigenous Employment Programme Labour Market Assistance Outcome Report – Australian Government Dept of Employment

Work and Business: Taking apprenticeship seriously – The Fabian Society

Extract from an article by Alison Fuller and Lorna Unwin

As a respected and resilient model of occupational training, apprenticeship could and should play a much bigger role in the UK. Done well, apprenticeship fulfils economic, educational, and social goals benefitting employers, individuals and society. Employers who invest in and run good quality apprenticeships see . . . → Read More: Work and Business: Taking apprenticeship seriously – The Fabian Society

Employer involvement in qualifications delivery and assessment (UK) – Department for Education

BRIEF – Extract

This research briefing reports a study undertaken by Pye Tait Consulting, on behalf of the Department for Education. This research sought to identify good practice in employer involvement in qualifications delivery and assessment. Following a call for evidence, Pye Tait provided 20 case studies from a range of vocational qualifications to demonstrate . . . → Read More: Employer involvement in qualifications delivery and assessment (UK) – Department for Education

Success factors for Indigenous entrepreneurs and community-based enterprises – Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

SUMMARY – Extract

What we know

• There are successful Indigenous entrepreneurs and community-based enterprises that create prosperity for individuals and communities across Australia.

• The estimated number of self-employed Indigenous people has risen from 4,600 in 1991 to 12,500 in 2011 (Hunter 2013).

• The combined income of the top 500 Indigenous corporations registered . . . → Read More: Success factors for Indigenous entrepreneurs and community-based enterprises – Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

Why rising youth unemployment demands our urgent attention – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Ken Henry

I believe there is a special case for taking an interest in youth unemployment. It is concerning that more than one-third of the unemployed people in Australia are aged 15 to 24.

In the 14 years leading up to the global financial crisis in 2008, youth unemployment had . . . → Read More: Why rising youth unemployment demands our urgent attention – The Conversation

Sustaining us all in retirement: The case for a universal age pension – TAI

Authors: David Ingles and Richard Denniss

SUMMARY – Extract

As Australia’s population ages, government policies that assist retirement will become even more essential. Superannuation tax concessions and the age pension are the two key government policies that assist the ageing, but they are becoming increasingly expensive. Increasing costs have prompted the Treasurer, Mr Joe Hockey . . . → Read More: Sustaining us all in retirement: The case for a universal age pension – TAI

Survey finds age discrimination down – but higher pension age needs employment plan – The Conversation

Author: Michelle Grattan

Extract

The debate about the government’s expected lift of the pension age to 70 in the longer term has a big element of the glass half-full or half-empty about it.

Much of the discussion so far has focused on the negatives, including the trouble older workers would have getting or retaining jobs . . . → Read More: Survey finds age discrimination down – but higher pension age needs employment plan – The Conversation

Age invaders – Demography, growth and inequality – The Economist

A generation of old people is about to change the global economy. They will not all do so in the same way.

Extract:

In the 20th century the planet’s population doubled twice. It will not double even once in the current century, because birth rates in much of the world have declined steeply. But the . . . → Read More: Age invaders – Demography, growth and inequality – The Economist

Government to pay business to hire mature workers – HC Online

Extract

If the government decides to raise the pension age to 70, Australians will be staying in their jobs longer than most other workers in the world.

In an effort to make sure there are employment opportunities for older workers, a new incentive payment will be introduced from 1 July 2014.

The government’s Seniors Employment . . . → Read More: Government to pay business to hire mature workers – HC Online

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