Australian Social Trends (AST) is an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) flagship publication presenting a picture of Australian society through aselection of articles. The articles aim to address current and ongoing social concerns, and focus on population groups of interest and changes over time. Each tells a story and provides a sense of . . . → Read More: Australian Social Trends, 2014 – ABS
This paper examines the extent to which motherhood affects women’s career accomplishments and wages in Italy and the UK. Using the EU-SILC 2009 data, a decomposition of the motherhood wage gap is implemented after accounting for double selection in labor market participation and motherhood. We find evidence of a negative correlation between labor market . . . → Read More: To Be a Mother, or Not to Be? Career and wage ladder in Italy and the UK – Economix (EU)
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While the employment record of the UK between the end of the 1990s downturn and the onset of the 2008 Great Recession is generally considered to have been a success, even before the recession began there were significant causes for concern. Real wages had been stagnant since 2003. Employment growth for . . . → Read More: Equitable Full Employment: Delivering a jobs recovery for all – TUC (UK)
Low-income individuals who are not employed or receiving TANF are often referred to as “disconnected.” This study uses interview data from a sample of 51 disconnected, unmarried mothers from Southeast Michigan and Los Angeles, California to learn about their experiences related to work and benefit receipt. In Michigan, many women had hit the TANF . . . → Read More: What Happens If You Have No Welfare and No Job? (US) – Urban Institute
Extract from an article by Janet Taylor
Life is unpredictable. Individual lives are complicated and this seems to be a problem for policy makers. It is important our understanding of the life course is reflected effectively in policy so that appropriate opportunities and supports can be provided for all.
The policy challenges include responding to . . . → Read More: Life chances: policy must respond to the real lives of young people – The Brotherhood’s Janet Taylor in The Conversation
Extract from an article by Patricia Karvelas
MINING magnate Andrew Forrest has delivered the Abbott government a 230-page blueprint that calls for radical, far-reaching changes to the nation’s indigenous jobs strategy and the rollout of new integrated childhood services that target kids from conception to the age of three years.
The chairman of Tony Abbott’s . . . → Read More: Andrew Forrest’s womb-to-work strategy for indigenous jobs – The Australian
Extract from an article by Hywel Roberts in HR Magazine
Countries where a large number of those in education also work have lower levels of unemployment, a report by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills suggests. The paper, Precarious Futures? Youth employment in an international context, compares youth unemployment across several countries with the . . . → Read More: Precarious futures? Youth employment in an international context – UKCES
Extract from an article by Daniel Hurst
Tony Abbott has portrayed his government as the “best friend that the workers of Australia have ever had” as he used a speech to defend key budget policies, including tough proposals targeting unemployed youth.
The prime minister rejected suggestions that the soon to be revived work-for-the-dole program was . . . → Read More: Tony Abbott says he is ‘best friend that workers of Australia have ever had’ – The Guardian
As the peak body for the settlement sector in Australia, SCOA represents over 80 settlement agencies, advocating to help ensure the best possible settlement outcomes for migrants including people of refugee background. SCOA has identified the following key settlement issues and related recommendations, based on SCOA’s consultations with the sector, the two national settlement . . . → Read More: SCOA’s position on key settlement issues – SCOA
The Settlement Council of Australia undertook its State Consultations from March to early April 2014. The consultations are held annually to ensure effective consultation and engagement with settlement service providers across the country. SCOA members and key settlement stakeholders were invited to share their views on settlement issues, current practices and solutions.
SOURCE: Settlement Council . . . → Read More: National Report – SCOA
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In 2011 the Brotherhood of St Laurence launched Stepping Stones, a micro-business program for women of refugee and migrant backgrounds, with the financial support of the AMP Foundation (formerly AXA). A three-year journey of learning followed— for the women starting their own businesses and for the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Central to . . . → Read More: New: Being around other women makes you brave – Brotherhood
Extract from an article by Dan Tehan
We must put youth employment at the top of the G20 agenda, lest our children be left aghast at an older generation that has been given so much and yet passed on so little, writes Dan Tehan.
Next month, young people from the G20 nations will gather in . . . → Read More: Our young should be the G20′s top priority – The Drum
The recent economic recession has led to increases in suicide, but whether US state unemployment insurance programs ameliorate this association has not been examined. Exploiting US state variations in the generosity of benefit programs between 1968 and 2008, we tested the hypothesis that more generous unemployment benefit programs reduce the impact of economic downturns . . . → Read More: Do generous unemployment benefit programs reduce suicide rates?