How to develop a better ‘progression offer’ for low paid workers (UK) – Learning & Work Institute

Extract from an article by Kathryn Ray The JRF’s Better Jobs, Better Business conference in Leeds yesterday debated what was needed to create a ‘virtuous circle’ of higher skills, wage progression and improved business performance.  Panellists discussed a number of stubborn challenges such as engendering greater employer leadership on skills; more effective collaboration between employers and … [Read More] How to develop a better ‘progression offer’ for low paid workers (UK) – Learning & Work Institute

Employment status and subjective well-being: the role of the social norm to work – Work Employment & Society

ABSTRACT This article examines to what extent a social norm to work moderates the relationship between employment status and subjective well-being. It was expected that the detrimental impact of non-employment on subjective well-being would be larger in countries with a stronger social norm. Using a direct measure of the social norm to work and employing … [Read More] Employment status and subjective well-being: the role of the social norm to work – Work Employment & Society

Seeking a role: disciplining jobseekers as actors in the labour market – Work Employment & Society

ABSTRACT Recent decades have seen the category of unemployment transformed into job-seeking. Attention has generally focused on the disciplining effects of interventions, procedures and techniques within social welfare offices, or on scrutinizing policy documents as political expressions of neo-liberalism. This article examines advice for unemployed people who are ‘seeking a role’, from the official leaflets … [Read More] Seeking a role: disciplining jobseekers as actors in the labour market – Work Employment & Society

Financialization and value: why labour and the labour process still matter – Work Employment & Society

ABSTRACT Despite expanding literatures on financialization, scholarship exploring its relationship to labour and the labour process remains under-developed. A further obstacle has arisen from arguments that novel financialized modes of value extraction render the labour process and labour process analysis less relevant. This article challenges that view and explores how the labour process is still … [Read More] Financialization and value: why labour and the labour process still matter – Work Employment & Society

Tackling rising inequality a priority for government, Labor research finds – The Guardian

Extract from an article by  Lenore Taylor Report reveals rising inequality a threat to Australia’s economy and paves way for future Labor governments to increase welfare and education spending A new Labor report states: ‘In 2008, at the height of the global economic downturn, the unemployment rate in Australia reached 5.9%. At that point, about 655,000 … [Read More] Tackling rising inequality a priority for government, Labor research finds – The Guardian

Fundamental principles for youth employment – Social Ventures Australia

SUMMARY Social Ventures Australia has released a report identifying the underpinning principles behind successful youth employment programs. The Fundamental principles for youth employment report is the product of a national and international research project supported by the Collier Charitable Fund. The report identifies ten fundamental principles which are essential to effectively support young people into employment. They … [Read More] Fundamental principles for youth employment – Social Ventures Australia

Renewable energy jobs fall by 27% in four years – The Guardian

Extract from an article by  Michael Slezak Latest ABS figures show job decline in renewable energy industry, with consumer groups blaming government for the loss of 5,100 full-time jobs More than a quarter of the jobs in the renewable energy industry have disappeared since 2011, with a continued decline in the latest figures released by … [Read More] Renewable energy jobs fall by 27% in four years – The Guardian

Brotherhood of St Laurence Youth Unemployment Monitor in the News

ABC Current Affairs – Youth unemployment hotspots persist in Queensland ABC Illawarra – High unemployment rate raises concerns of growing underclass on New South Wales South Coast ABC News – Labor blames education cuts for Tasmania’s climbing youth jobless rate ABC News – SA youth unemployment rates among worst in the nation, new data shows ABC News – Youth unemployment … [Read More] Brotherhood of St Laurence Youth Unemployment Monitor in the News

Brotherhood’s ‘My Chance, Our Future Campaign’: 20 youth unemployment hotspots revealed – Youth Unemployment Monitor March 2016

Welcome to the My Chance, Our Future Campaign – and the first Youth Unemployment Monitor for 2016. This regular publication provides data, stories and other insights to spotlight youth unemployment in Australia. We saw a compelling need for this resource two years ago as youth unemployment soared to record levels after the Global Financial Crisis. … [Read More] Brotherhood’s ‘My Chance, Our Future Campaign’: 20 youth unemployment hotspots revealed – Youth Unemployment Monitor March 2016

Getting Serious about Inequality – Sociological Quarterly

ABSTRACT Sociologists have spent a great deal of energy studying social inequality, but in this presentation I suggest that we need to refocus our efforts a bit. I examine four popular myths among the general public, and among some in sociology, regarding the drivers of extreme inequality: that most inequality is generated by race and … [Read More] Getting Serious about Inequality – Sociological Quarterly

In the modern workplace, age 50 is considered old – The Age

Extract from an article by Jenny Brice Ageism at work is rife, but fear is stopping people from talking about it openly. Breaking through the glass ceiling is relatively easy. I did it almost 20 years ago. But no one told me about the glass trapdoor – that was the shock nothing in my stellar … [Read More] In the modern workplace, age 50 is considered old – The Age

Work Role Residuals Among Fully Retired Individuals: Results of a 10-Year Panel Study – Research on Aging

ABSTRACT From a role theoretical perspective, it can be expected that individuals differ in the extent to which they experience aspects of the work role after they have fully retired from it. This study presents a measure of these “postretirement work role residuals” and examines them in relation to structural preretirement factors, psychological preretirement factors, … [Read More] Work Role Residuals Among Fully Retired Individuals: Results of a 10-Year Panel Study – Research on Aging

How about three-day weekends in exchange for working until 70? The Age

Extract from an article by Warwick Smith Most of us would be happy to work a few years longer if it meant a shorter working week. A report published this week by the Centre for Independent Studies claims age pensions are set to become unaffordable and that we will have to reduce future pension rates and … [Read More] How about three-day weekends in exchange for working until 70? The Age

Industrial relations: Employers really shouldn’t be complaining given these results – ABC The Drum

Extract from an article by Greg Jericho Right now the IR system is working exactly as intended. Businesses should be happy that we have good employment and economic growth combined with record low wage increases, writes Greg Jericho. When business leaders call for penalty rates to be cut and IR laws to be reformed, they’re … [Read More] Industrial relations: Employers really shouldn’t be complaining given these results – ABC The Drum

One in three older women living in income poverty in Australia: Study – Australian Ageing Agenda

Extract from an article by Darragh O’Keeffe As Australia marked International Women’s Day this week, a new report shows half a million older Australian women are living in long-term income poverty, and calls for urgent affordable seniors housing. Losing a job, becoming ill or injured, the breakup of a marriage of death of a spouse – … [Read More] One in three older women living in income poverty in Australia: Study – Australian Ageing Agenda

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