Evidence based Youth Employment Strategy needed, not more ad hoc policy ideas – ACOSS

Media Release

The Australian Council of Social Service has today called on the Federal Government to bring together key experts to develop a comprehensive Youth Employment Strategy that will work, rather than continuing ad hoc policy announcements which lack evidence or broad support.

The peak community sector body said the Federal Government’s training and youth . . . → Read More: Evidence based Youth Employment Strategy needed, not more ad hoc policy ideas – ACOSS

The white-collar jobs turning light blue – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Tony Featherstone

Are you a light-blue collar worker? That is, a university-educated employee who earns only a bit more than an unskilled worker after accounting for all your extra hours. Or are you someone who has a seemingly prestigious job that, in truth, is like turning up to a sweatshop . . . → Read More: The white-collar jobs turning light blue – Sydney Morning Herald

YES programme benefits businesses and young people (Northern Ireland) – NI Business Now

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry met with Firstsource employees who have been recruited with the assistance of his Department’s programmes.

The Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) has established links with Firstsource who have offered work experience placements through the Youth Employment Scheme (YES), recruited . . . → Read More: YES programme benefits businesses and young people (Northern Ireland) – NI Business Now

16- to 18-year-old participation in education and training (UK) – National Audit Office

Media Release

Value for money for the £7 billion spent on 16- to 18-year-olds has increased overall, but the Department needs better information on which reforms have proven most effective.

The overall value for money of the £7 billion spent each year on 16- to 18-year-old learning has increased. However, the Department for Education needs . . . → Read More: 16- to 18-year-old participation in education and training (UK) – National Audit Office

Labour market snapshot September 2014 – Jeff Borland, Melbourne University

The (labour market) times they are a changing…Not

Key points • Available evidence fails to show any decline in job durations in Australia over the past 30 years. • For females the proportion of workers in long duration jobs has increased while the proportion in short duration jobs has declined. For males the proportions of . . . → Read More: Labour market snapshot September 2014 – Jeff Borland, Melbourne University

Youth worried about uni fees, training and mental-health services – The Australian

Extract from an article by Gina Rushton

THE nation’s youth are most worried about university fees, trades and apprenticeship training and getting access to mental-health services, says Australia’s UN youth ambassador Laura John.

In the past six months Ms John, 24, has travelled the country to consult almost 8000 young people about their biggest concerns . . . → Read More: Youth worried about uni fees, training and mental-health services – The Australian

Technology, teaching and the future of work – ABC The Drum

Extract from an article by Jim Chalmers

We can ensure automated technology doesn’t destroy the labour market, but only if we educate more tech-savvy graduates and don’t price them out of universities, writes Jim Chalmers

Ours is a democracy, and we have choices. The economist and writer Tyler Cowen described what it would look like . . . → Read More: Technology, teaching and the future of work – ABC The Drum

Lifting apprenticeship completion rates with better support for apprentices and small businesses – Prime Minister of Australia

Media Release

The Commonwealth Government will invest $200 million each year to establish a new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network to lift apprenticeship completion rates.

The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network will give young Australians the best opportunity to get a job and provide employers with the skilled and productive employees they need to grow their business.

. . . → Read More: Lifting apprenticeship completion rates with better support for apprentices and small businesses – Prime Minister of Australia

Alternative education stops thousands from dropping out – The Age

Extract from an article by Benjamin Preiss

Crucial programs that educate thousands of students at risk of dropping out of school are often highly vulnerable to funding cuts, research has shown. The study by Victoria University has found that alternative or “flexible” schooling programs help 70,000 students a year to gain an education. It found . . . → Read More: Alternative education stops thousands from dropping out – The Age

Iron ore price key to jobs recovery – ABC The World Today

Extract from an article by Peter Ryan

ELEANOR HALL: There are encouraging signs this lunchtime that Australia’s jobs market might be improving.

The ANZ bank’s private survey does warn, though, that the wind back in mining investment is likely to keep pressure on the official unemployment rate.

Business editor Peter Ryan joins us now with . . . → Read More: Iron ore price key to jobs recovery – ABC The World Today

Statistics show the gender gap between male and female pay is at 20-year high – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Nick Evershed

Women on average earn 18.2% less than men, and their superannuation is only 59% of men’s at retirement age

The gender pay gap in Australia is at a 20-year high, figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show.

A woman on average pay has to work an extra . . . → Read More: Statistics show the gender gap between male and female pay is at 20-year high – The Guardian

ANZ Media Release: Job advertising continues to strengthen in August

Highlights

• Job advertisements continued to gradually strengthen in August, rising 1.5% m/m to be up 8% over the year to date. This suggests conditions in the labour market are improving slowly, a development which is at odds with July’s surprising spike in the measured unemployment rate. • Both newspaper (+1.8% m/m) and internet (+1.4% . . . → Read More: ANZ Media Release: Job advertising continues to strengthen in August

Sticky wages, labour demand elasticity and rational unemployment – Australian Journal of Labour Economics

ABSTRACT

It is widely acknowledged that even in the presence of involuntary unemployment, real labour markets are characterized by sluggish wage adjustments and the persistence of unemployment. In this paper we give a simple explanation focusing on this phenomenon. We show, in fact, that sticky wages may be the natural outcome of rational decisions, taken . . . → Read More: Sticky wages, labour demand elasticity and rational unemployment – Australian Journal of Labour Economics

Lower-level qualifications as a stepping stone for young people – Australian Journal of Labour Economics

ABSTRACT

This article investigates whether lower-level qualifications (certificate I and II qualifications) serve as a ‘stepping stone’ to further study or into the labour market. Using data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), the research matches certificate I and II graduates to other young people who share similar characteristics but who have neither . . . → Read More: Lower-level qualifications as a stepping stone for young people – Australian Journal of Labour Economics

Investment climate reforms and job creation in developing countries : what do we know and what should we do ?The World Bank

ABSTRACT

This paper reviews the literature on the role of the investment climate reforms in job creation. It finds that the current landscape of employment and private sector activity in developing countries indicates a number of potential channels through which investment climate reforms can positively affect job creation. However, rigorous empirical evidence is scarce and . . . → Read More: Investment climate reforms and job creation in developing countries : what do we know and what should we do ?The World Bank

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