Underemployment and housing insecurity: an empirical analysis of HILDA data – AHURI

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract

Time-related underemployment, hereafter just called underemployment, can be broadly understood as employment that is insufficient in terms of the number of hours of paid work (Campbell et al. 2013, pp.9–11, 16–18, 67–70; see ILO 2013, p.9). The concept of underemployment is closely linked to that of unemployment since both involve insufficient . . . → Read More: Underemployment and housing insecurity: an empirical analysis of HILDA data – AHURI

Who’s really hiring in Australia? Ethical Jobs

Extract from Blog Post from Ethical Jobs

“Removed from reality”: the Abbott Government shows it has no idea who’s creating jobs in modern Australia

“I would suggest they’re removed from the reality of what is helping to drive the Australian economy and create more employment.”

That’s Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey showing his unwavering belief in . . . → Read More: Who’s really hiring in Australia? Ethical Jobs

Pathways, diversity and academic skills: Bourdieu and 2nd year VET articulants – VOCED Plus

ABSTRACT

This work in progress investigates academic strategies of students transferring from vocational education and training (VET) directly into second-year university programs. Thus, their first-year university experience occurs within second-year of the planned program. Subsequently, they cannot access first year supports and they miss introductory foundational subjects. Bourdieu provides a theoretical framework for the study . . . → Read More: Pathways, diversity and academic skills: Bourdieu and 2nd year VET articulants – VOCED Plus

Researchers using social media for youth study – ABC News

The Hunter Research Foundation will use social media as part of a study into why many young people find it difficult to transition from education to employment.

As part of the Younite program, young people will be invited through Facebook and Instagram to discuss their aspirations and their . . . → Read More: Researchers using social media for youth study – ABC News

Cheap Solar Power Just Became An Employee Benefit For More Than 100,000 People (US) – Climate Progress

Extract from an article by Ari Phillips

If free donuts, gym memberships, or flex pay programs aren’t your preferred employee benefit, cheap solar systems could soon be an option. On Wednesday, three major companies — Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly-Clark — announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying . . . → Read More: Cheap Solar Power Just Became An Employee Benefit For More Than 100,000 People (US) – Climate Progress

Making work better: an agenda for Government (UK) – The Smith Institute

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract

We all spend a considerable proportion of our lives at work. Indeed, half the nation are working and our shared prosperity hinges on our combined efforts. What we do at work and the way we are treated at work not only affects us as employees, but also impacts on our living . . . → Read More: Making work better: an agenda for Government (UK) – The Smith Institute

Creating high performing labour markets in Canada – Accenture

Learn about delivering public service for the future by creating high performing labour markets in Canada.

Accenture’s latest Delivering Public Service for the Future research focuses on the role of labour markets in assuring national well-being. For this research, we analyzed the implications of demographic changes in 162 countries. We surveyed jobseekers, employers and public . . . → Read More: Creating high performing labour markets in Canada – Accenture

Jobless gap costing $2bn a year – The Australian

Extract from an article by Patricia Karvelas

AT least $2 billion a year would be saved on public housing and prisons if indigenous employment reached the level of the non-­indigenous population, economic modelling commissioned by the Abbott government shows.

Governments could save $800 million on public housing and $1.6bn as a result of . . . → Read More: Jobless gap costing $2bn a year – The Australian

Active labour market policies with a focus on youth – European Training Foundation

ABSTRACT

This document is the main outcome of a project that the author conducted for the European Training Foundation (ETF) between September 2013 and February 2014. The task was to analyse the role of active labour market policies (ALMPs) in ETF partner countries. The main focus of the analysis was on determining which programmes work . . . → Read More: Active labour market policies with a focus on youth – European Training Foundation

Why free childcare is not helping many mums back to work – The Conversation

Article by Mike Brewer

Over the last 20 years, early childhood education and childcare for the under-fives has become a major policy priority in the UK. Get more mothers into work, it’s argued, and we can start to close the gap between the least and most disadvantaged children, and cut the differences in . . . → Read More: Why free childcare is not helping many mums back to work – The Conversation

Andrew Forrest’s Indigenous employment project: Do the arguments stack up? Australian Review of Public Affairs

Extract from an article by Kirrily Jordan, ANU

The Australian Government is currently considering the 27 major recommendations of Creating Parity, the report of the Forrest Review. While the Review was originally tasked to scrutinise Indigenous training and employment programs, the Creating Parity report has substantially expanded on this brief. Not only does it include . . . → Read More: Andrew Forrest’s Indigenous employment project: Do the arguments stack up? Australian Review of Public Affairs

No future: why we need a youth policy to counter radicalisation – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Robyn Broadbent

The upcoming first ever Global Forum on Youth Policies has put the spotlight on the position of young people who, the United Nations says, are our “greatest resource”.

Australia is among a minority of countries that does not have a National Youth Policy. So how successful . . . → Read More: No future: why we need a youth policy to counter radicalisation – The Conversation

How Victoria could go solar, save millions and boost jobs – Renew economy

Extract from an article by Sophie Vorrath and Giles Parkinson

The Clean Energy Council has issued a new report highlighting how easy it would be for the Victoria state government to tweak current policy settings, and use solar and energy efficiency to save costs, boost jobs – and provide cleaner energy. The report – Quick . . . → Read More: How Victoria could go solar, save millions and boost jobs – Renew economy

How The Netherlands and Switzerland have successfully combined high employment and low levels of inequality without high taxes – Policy Network

Extract from an article by ALEXANDRE AFONSO and JELLE VISSER

The Netherlands and Switzerland have successfully combined high employment and low levels of inequality without the high taxes of Scandinavian countries. However, the Dutch economy now faces a serious recession. What can other countries learn from them?

Since the 1990s, the Netherlands has often . . . → Read More: How The Netherlands and Switzerland have successfully combined high employment and low levels of inequality without high taxes – Policy Network

Agenda 2020: strategies to achieve full employment in Germany – VOCED Plus

ABSTRACT

This strategy paper by the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) shows ways in which Germany once more can attain full employment in the coming decade. Much of what the previous government’s ‘Agenda 2010′ has put into motion has clearly steered labor market development in the right direction. The reforms are one of . . . → Read More: Agenda 2020: strategies to achieve full employment in Germany – VOCED Plus

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