Low wage growth continues in September Quarter 2016 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Media Release The seasonally adjusted Wage Price Index (WPI) rose 0.4 per cent in the September quarter 2016, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Through the year to September quarter 2016 the WPI rose 1.9 per cent, a new low for the series. Seasonally adjusted, private sector wages grew … [Read More] Low wage growth continues in September Quarter 2016 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Continuing shift to part-time employment – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Media Release Monthly trend employment in Australia decreased in October 2016, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. In October 2016, trend employment decreased by 1,000 persons to 11,946,600 persons, the first decrease in the trend series since November 2013. This slight fall in trend employment reflected an increase in … [Read More] Continuing shift to part-time employment – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Can we have a pro-community welfare state without the Big Society bullsh*t? The Power to Persuade

Extract from an article by Simon Duffy In this blog Simon Duffy explores the question of how to narrow the gap between public services (the official welfare state) and the community. He asks whether it is possible for use to develop a pro-community welfare state, one which works in harmony with its citizens, not against them. … [Read More] Can we have a pro-community welfare state without the Big Society bullsh*t? The Power to Persuade

Nurses, engineering, food scientist jobs ‘set to boom’ – News.com.au

Extract from an article by Debra Killalea THEY are the jobs that will be the next big thing and those “lucky enough” to be working in these fields will be raking it in. That’s the prediction from author and project director David McEwen, who believes those employed in green industries will be the ones cashing in … [Read More] Nurses, engineering, food scientist jobs ‘set to boom’ – News.com.au

How permanent contracts can mean higher productivity – International Labour Organization

Around the world, companies are increasingly using temporary employment for permanent tasks. According to a new report from the ILO, many workers in “non-standard employment” earn less, have less social protection and often cycle between temporary employment and unemployment. But some companies are finding that giving workers security through permanent contracts can also deliver a … [Read More] How permanent contracts can mean higher productivity – International Labour Organization

Inequality in the Spotlight – Open Forum

Extract from an article by Dr. Veronica Sheen is an independent social policy researcher and commentator Could wealth and income inequality be the reason for current volatile political situations in many countries, the ascendancy of maverick political figures and the fracturing of Australia’s political system? Dr. Veronica Sheen makes a compelling case based on French economist … [Read More] Inequality in the Spotlight – Open Forum

Working Beyond the Traditional Retirement Age: The influence of health on Australia’s older workers – Journal of Aging & Social Policy

ABSTRACT This article examines the relationship between health and workforce participation beyond the age of 65 years in Australia. This study found that people with a chronic health condition were less likely to be employed than those without a health condition (OR, 0.59; 95% CI [0.38, 0.92]). Among those with a chronic health condition, those in … [Read More] Working Beyond the Traditional Retirement Age: The influence of health on Australia’s older workers – Journal of Aging & Social Policy

Brotherhood in the News: November 2016

Brotherhood Library Staff will monitor press and add to this post throughout the month ABC News – Homelessness plan: Victorian Government to spend $109m on accommodation, support Brotherhood Blog – You need experience to get a job, and you need a job to get experience: the modern conundrum of our young jobseekers Courier Mail (WA) – Jobs of … [Read More] Brotherhood in the News: November 2016

Future of work toolkit – setting kids up for success in the 2030 job market – Regional Australia Institute & NBN

SUMMARY The future is uncertain but there is growing evidence that the kids of today will need a mix of skills to be ready for the future of work as predicted in 2030. To help you navigate what skills are needed, why and how to get them, we’ve developed this toolkit which will let you … [Read More] Future of work toolkit – setting kids up for success in the 2030 job market – Regional Australia Institute & NBN

Where the jobs will be in 2030: new report – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Anna Patty Rachel Lilley is teaching children how to prepare for an uncertain jobs future. The curriculum she teaches at Regents Park Christian School in Sydney is one she developed to teach students website development skills, computer coding and research skills. But the course doesn’t stop there. The children are … [Read More] Where the jobs will be in 2030: new report – Sydney Morning Herald

Basic income for all: a 500-year-old idea whose time has come? The Guardian

Extract from an article by Gideon Haigh Just as the fourth industrial revolution in Australia will transform jobs, it will do the same for the welfare system. Universal basic income, targeted cash transfers, negative income tax and a family wage could be ways to guarantee living standards for ordinary people and keep the economy afloat.. n … [Read More] Basic income for all: a 500-year-old idea whose time has come? The Guardian

Rethinking motivational challenges amongst young adults on the margin – Journal of Youth Studies

ABSTRACT This article is concerned with how motivation to take an education can be stimulated in young adults who are on the margins of the labour market and educational system. It is widely accepted that young adults in such a position have motivational problems regarding education because of negative schooling experiences, interrupted education, absenteeism, etc. … [Read More] Rethinking motivational challenges amongst young adults on the margin – Journal of Youth Studies

Bills Digest – Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Jobs Path: Prepare, Trial, Hire) Bill 2016 – Australian Parliamentary Library

Extract from Bills Digest by Matthew Thomas Purpose of the Bill The purpose of the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Jobs Path: Prepare, Trial, Hire) Bill 2016 is to amend the Social Security Act 1991, the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to allow for: • internship payments made under the … [Read More] Bills Digest – Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Jobs Path: Prepare, Trial, Hire) Bill 2016 – Australian Parliamentary Library

Australia should improve the quality of vocational education and training to help young people into work – OECD

Australia should follow up on the reform of its vocational education system by improving quality control in the VET sector and step up career guidance for young people to boost young people’s job prospects and reduce the share of under-30-year-olds who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs), according to an OECD report. Investing … [Read More] Australia should improve the quality of vocational education and training to help young people into work – OECD

One million Australians want more hours of work – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Media release One million Australians want more hours of work, according to the latest results from the ABS’ Participation, Job Search and Mobility Survey. In February 2016 there were one million underemployed workers, of whom 945,400 worked part-time. A further 76,700 usually worked full-time, but worked part-time in the reference week due to economic reasons, … [Read More] One million Australians want more hours of work – Australian Bureau of Statistics

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