Job security fears grow but households unprepared – Working Life

Extract from a blog post by Mark Phillips

ALMOST a third of Australian households have fears about job security and are concerned about how long they would survive if a breadwinner lost their job, the latest ME Bank Financial Comfort Report reveals.

The report, released today, shows that job insecurity is now a top three . . . → Read More: Job security fears grow but households unprepared – Working Life

Chronology of major superannuation and retirement income changes in Australia – Parlinfo

Author: Kai Swoboda, Economics

INTRODUCTION

The purpose of this chronology of key events is to provide an historical context with which to understand the evolution of superannuation and retirement income policy in Australia. More specifically, the chronology is intended to:

provide a quick reference guide to what happened and when facilitate access to relevant documents . . . → Read More: Chronology of major superannuation and retirement income changes in Australia – Parlinfo

Job Search Experience, Australia – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Median Duration of Unemployment Rises

The median duration of unemployment for unemployed people was 17 weeks in July 2013, according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report released today.

ABS Director of Labour Force and Supplementary Surveys, Stephen Collett, said the Job Search Experience Survey collected information on the experiences of people seeking work . . . → Read More: Job Search Experience, Australia – Australian Bureau of Statistics

A case study of affirmative action Australian-style for indigenous people – Australian Journal of Labour Economics

ABSTRACT

This paper reports the results of a case study of an Affirmative Action program developed by the National Australia Bank (NAB) to promote employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians. The program is part of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) launched by NAB in 2008 to strengthen the bank’s commitment to promoting a greater understanding between . . . → Read More: A case study of affirmative action Australian-style for indigenous people – Australian Journal of Labour Economics

Access to full-time employment: Does gender matter? Australian Journal of Labour Economics

ABSTRACT

Women are participating in the labour market in higher proportions than in the past, with the female participation rate in June 2012 standing at 58.9 per cent. However, a gendered pattern of workforce engagement persists, particularly as it concerns part-time employment; 70 per cent all part-time employees are women, 46 per cent of women . . . → Read More: Access to full-time employment: Does gender matter? Australian Journal of Labour Economics

How Long Do Unemployed Older Workers Search for a Job? CRR (US)

The brief’s key findings are:

The Great Recession threw many older individuals out of work, so it is important to understand their job search activity. The results show little tolerance for a lengthy search; the vast majority either find a job or exit the labor force within a year. Those with financial . . . → Read More: How Long Do Unemployed Older Workers Search for a Job? CRR (US)

Employment and Skills Strategies in Australia – OECD

Slower growth in key markets like China and India is reducing momentum across the Australian economy, cutting into employment opportunities and putting more pressure on the government to ensure that public policy delivers optimal results for growth and job creation.

A new report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development finds that local employment . . . → Read More: Employment and Skills Strategies in Australia – OECD

Pre-employment training for unemployed people – Local Economy

ABSTRACT

This paper examines a single pre-employment training programme for the unemployed. The training aimed to prepare unemployed participants for work on the front-line of telephone call centres. Drawing on participant observation and semi-structured interviews, the paper analyses one area in particular; the training participants received to enhance their soft skills, particularly as they relate . . . → Read More: Pre-employment training for unemployed people – Local Economy

Youth Employment: Mobility of young workers – European Parliamentary Research Service

Extract from a post by Verena Kern, 28 Jan 2014

With almost 6 million jobless young people in the EU, policymakers are under pressure to find solutions to combat high youth unemployment. Whilst Youth Guarantees have been widely discussed and are currently being developed in many Member States, mobility – another strand of the European . . . → Read More: Youth Employment: Mobility of young workers – European Parliamentary Research Service

Age differences in achievement goals and motivational characteristics of work in an ageing workforce – A&S

ABSTRACT

This study reviews theory and results from developmental psychology to examine age differences in workplace achievement goals. We investigated whether goal level decreases with age and, by comparing the relative strength of different goals within individuals, we examined whether dominant achievement goals are related to age. In a large sample of employees (N = . . . → Read More: Age differences in achievement goals and motivational characteristics of work in an ageing workforce – A&S

Employment characteristics and transitions of mothers in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children – AIFS

SUMMARY

Four waves of LSAC are used to explore mothers’ participation in paid employment, in particular to analyse changes in employment participation, using the longitudinal nature of the data. Differences in employment participation and work hours are examined by age of youngest child and by various sociodemographic characteristics to build understanding of which mothers are . . . → Read More: Employment characteristics and transitions of mothers in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children – AIFS

Report on Government Services 2014 – PC

The annual Report on Government Services (ROGS) provides information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia. This report was progressively released between 28 — 31 January 2014.

This year marks the nineteenth edition of the Report on Government Services. The Report is produced by a Steering Committee of senior officials from . . . → Read More: Report on Government Services 2014 – PC

Older workers ‘excellent role models’ – Age UK

EXTRACT

A majority of workers think having an older colleague in their team is likely to have a positive impact on their workplace, a new survey reveals.

And the poll, conducted by Nationwide, found that almost nine out of 10 (88%) people think workers aged 60 or over can be excellent role models or mentors . . . → Read More: Older workers ‘excellent role models’ – Age UK

Australia ranked the best place in the world for young people – News.com.au

Extract

ON September 19, 2013, The Commonwealth released the Youth Development Index Report (YDI), the first index measuring the development and empowerment of young people in countries across the globe.

While there have been metrics designed to measure development in the past, what is unique about this is that it specifically targets youth development, which . . . → Read More: Australia ranked the best place in the world for young people – News.com.au

Work for the Dole doesn’t work – but here is what does – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Jeff Borland

The Work for the Dole program could again become a core element of welfare policy for the unemployed in Australia, but there is a considerable body of evidence which shows it is unlikely to help people find jobs.

While this week’s announcement by Assistant Minister for Employment Luke . . . → Read More: Work for the Dole doesn’t work – but here is what does – The Conversation

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