Extract from an article by David Peetz
If you were to choose one buzzword that, despite its vagueness, has dominated industrial relations debate over three decades, it would be “flexibility”. It has emerged again in rhetoric surrounding Toyota’s closure.
We love the sound. It’s undeniably good, seen beside its evil twin “rigidity”. If only we . . . → Read More: Workplace ‘flexibility’ on insecure ground – The Conversation
This paper examined the effects of parenthood on workforce participation for men and women in the Christchurch Health and Development Study, a 30-year longitudinal study of a birth cohort of 1,265 individuals born in New Zealand in 1977. The findings suggested that the effects of parenthood on workforce participation were different for men and . . . → Read More: The Effects of Parenthood on Workforce Participation and Income for Men and Women – Journal of Family and Economic Issues
To explore single mothers’ labor market participation we analyzed specific circumstances and dynamics in their life courses. We focused on the question which individual and institutional factors determine both professional advancement and professional descent. The German Socio-Economic Panel (1984–2010) provides all necessary information identifying episodes of single motherhood and analyzing restrictions and interruptions of . . . → Read More: What Makes Single Mothers Expand or Reduce Employment? Journal of Family and Economic Issues
The current edition of Research messages brings together the key messages from all research reports published in 2013 in the following broad categories:
Skills and productivity: from VET qualifications to higher-level qualifications and issues affecting the workforce Social inclusion and participation in education and training: equity groups and measuring socioeconomic disadvantage Young people: school, . . . → Read More: Research messages 2013 – NCVER
Extract from an article by Penny Vandenbroek
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) release data on employed people by industry (in their main job, where a person holds more than one job) in the quarterly publication Labour Force, detailed, quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003. Data is available since November 1984, with the most recent data being . . . → Read More: Snapshot of employment by industry, 2012 to 2013 – Flag Post
This paper assesses whether racial prejudice and labour market discrimination is counter-cyclical. This may occur if prejudice and discrimination are partly driven by competition over scarce resources, which intensifies during periods of economic downturn. Using British Attitudes Data spanning three decades, we find that prejudice does increase with unemployment rates. We find greater countercyclical . . . → Read More: Discrimination and rates of unemployment (UK) – Centre for Economic Performance
INTRODUCTION – Extract
Over recent years, public awareness of the number of young people described as being not in education, employment or training (NEET) has grown. However, the NEET group is a complicated and heterogeneous group with young people having a vast array of characteristics, needs, attributes and ambitions (Spielhofer et al., 2009). Through research . . . → Read More: Support for young people at risk of disengagement from learning (UK) – National Foundation for Educational Research
The Living Wage Commission’s first report, Working for poverty, has been released today. The report warns that the economic recovery could fail one in five people in paid employment.
The report, which provides a detailed analysis of the rise of low pay and working poverty, shows that spiralling living costs and stagnating wages at the . . . → Read More: Low pay and working poverty (UK) – Living Wage Commission
Article by Louisa Smith
There is a lot of emphasis on transition experiences of people with disabilities, particularly people with intellectual disabilities transitioning to work.
But despite adjustments to policy and legislation on transition programmes and the development of resources, our research suggests there are still significant opportunities for improving the transition experience from school . . . → Read More: Transition to work for young people with disability: Working or not? CFCA
At a Glance
By 2020, managing an ageing workforce moves up the HR agenda, from just the number seven issue for today, to a top three concern for survey respondents. As a result of the ageing workforce, almost half (43%) expect greater employee demand for benefits and over a third (35%) expect increased . . . → Read More: Is 75 the new 65? Rising to the challenge of an ageing workforce – The Economist
Extract from an article by Erica Cervini
Will universities be full of casual lecturers and a handful of permanently employed ageing academics in future? It looks as if tertiary institutions are heading that way. According to new Department of Education staff figures, casual academics are increasing and so are ageing ones. According to the statistics, . . . → Read More: Our ageing academics – The Age
Today’s secondary school pupils are being let down by careers services that are not equal to the task of helping them navigate the increasingly difficult transition from school to work. In this report we demonstrate how closer collaboration between local schools and businesses offers mutual benefits, and can help guide young people towards rewarding . . . → Read More: Driving a generation: Improving the interaction between schools and businesses (UK) – IPPR
Extract from an article by Melissa Clarke
More Australians are seeking help to get a job, but at the same time more are giving up altogether, apparently defeated in their attempts to find work.
Employment figures released yesterday estimated that more than 30,000 full-time jobs have been lost and the employment participation rate is falling.
. . . → Read More: Employment agencies see despair as job seekers lose hope – ABC.net