Gendering Pensions: Making Women Visible – Gender, Work & Organization

ABSTRACT This paper argues that the UK pension system is gender blind and is structured around a heteropatriarchal experience. It does so by analysing two key pieces of UK pension policy: the New Flat Rate State Pension and Auto-Enrolment. Since the 1980s the value of the British state pension has fallen, and it is now … [Read More] Gendering Pensions: Making Women Visible – Gender, Work & Organization

The Demand-Side of Active Labour Market Policies: A Regional Study of Employer Engagement in the Work Programme (UK) – Journal of Social Policy

ABSTRACT In 2011, the UK Coalition government introduced its flagship welfare-to-work programme, ‘The Work Programme’ (WP). Based on a ‘payment by results’ model, it aims to incentivise contracted providers to move participants into sustained employment. Employer involvement is central to the programme’s success and this paper explores the ‘two faces’ of this neglected dimension of … [Read More] The Demand-Side of Active Labour Market Policies: A Regional Study of Employer Engagement in the Work Programme (UK) – Journal of Social Policy

Australia’s unemployment rate decreased to 6.0 per cent in May 2015 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Media Release Australia’s estimated seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May 2015 was 6.0 per cent, a decrease of 0.2 percentage points (based on unrounded estimates) from a revised 6.1 per cent for April 2015. In trend terms, the unemployment rate decreased less than 0.1 percentage points to 6.0 per cent, as announced by the Australian … [Read More] Australia’s unemployment rate decreased to 6.0 per cent in May 2015 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Understanding age and the labour market – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

SUMMARY – Extract This study investigated the role that age and generation play in employment, and how far these factors have changed over time. It looks at: a range of labour market indicators: economic activity, inactivity, unemployment and the composition of employment; employment projections to 2022 by industry and occupation; employer policy and practice, covering … [Read More] Understanding age and the labour market – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The roles of employers in the regional settlement of recently arrived migrants and refugees – Journal of Sociology

ABSTRACT This article identifies and analyses different roles played by employers of recently arrived migrants and refugees in regional locations. Based on a study of regional settlement in Victoria, Australia, it highlights the scope for employer influences on regional settlement through attracting migrants and refugees to regional locations; the informal provision of settlement support; the … [Read More] The roles of employers in the regional settlement of recently arrived migrants and refugees – Journal of Sociology

Youngest and oldest workers are increasingly worst off in the jobs market – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Extract from a blog post by Claire Turner People’s age is putting them at a disadvantage in the labour market, says Claire Turner, with changes over time creating ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’. It is often suggested that different generations have different experiences of the labour market. JRF research out today, carried out by NIESR, shows that … [Read More] Youngest and oldest workers are increasingly worst off in the jobs market – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Gains and losses: African Australian women and higher education – Journal of Sociology

ABSTRACT This article argues that African women migrants in Australia are increasingly enrolling in and successfully completing tertiary study, usually at high emotional and financial cost. While this qualitative study has shown that both refugee-background and non-refugee African Australian women’s enrolment in higher education is enabling new forms of participation and belonging in resettlement, it … [Read More] Gains and losses: African Australian women and higher education – Journal of Sociology

New bid to fight age discrimination in the jobs market – Age UK

Extract Age UK is partnering with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) to launch a best practice protocol that aims to fight age discrimination in recruitment and give older people a better chance of finding work. With four out of 10 unemployed older workers out of work for more than a year, the guide sets out a … [Read More] New bid to fight age discrimination in the jobs market – Age UK

Does poor health affect employment transitions – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

SUMMARY – Extract People who class themselves as having poor health are far less likely to remain in work than those with good health. However, there has been very little research about the transitions people with poor health make between different employment states over time. This report: reveals that government policies designed to simply shift … [Read More] Does poor health affect employment transitions – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

We’re educating our youth into unemployment – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Dan Haesler Despite long-term unemployment in Australia being at a 16-year high – with the majority of unemployed in the 15 to 24 age bracket – little acknowledgement is given to fact that the school system isn’t preparing these kids for the “real world”. Education has been at a crossroads for many years, but … [Read More] We’re educating our youth into unemployment – Sydney Morning Herald

Federal advocate for youth could shape progressive, responsive policy – Canberra Times

Extract from an article by Paul McDonald, Chief Executive of Anglicare remember the time I met Pete Steedman?, when he was the federal member for Casey. It was in the 1980s. I was a youth worker in a drop-in centre when he walked in. Alighting from a red Ford mustang, sporting a black leather jacket with customary shades … [Read More] Federal advocate for youth could shape progressive, responsive policy – Canberra Times

Older workers face challenges but some employers are responding – The Age

Extract from an article by Rachel Browne. If you’re over 50 and looking for work you face some tough choices: 15 years on Newstart until you reach pension age and hundreds of job applications which go nowhere. But some large employers are responding Older workers face challenges but some employers are responding.  64 years old and … [Read More] Older workers face challenges but some employers are responding – The Age

The Abbott government is facing a worrying growth in long-term unemployment but many in business and politics are staying silent – The Age

Extract from an article by Matt Wade The Fairfax-Lateral Economics wellbeing index reveals the scale of the Abbott government’s long-term unemployment problem, writes Matt Wade. Like an alarm bell, the Fairfax-Lateral Economics wellbeing index released  on Friday reveals the scale of the Abbott government’s long-term unemployment problem. It shows the wellbeing cost of long-term joblessness … [Read More] The Abbott government is facing a worrying growth in long-term unemployment but many in business and politics are staying silent – The Age

Macro-Level Determinants of Paid Domestic Labour Prevalence – Social Policy and Society

ABSTRACT The growing demand for domestic workers has been linked to several global developments, such as an ageing population, income inequality, the growth of women entering labour markets, migration and changes in the provision of care. However, empirical quantitative evidence for these associations is still scarce. This study examines how macro-level factors related to care … [Read More] Macro-Level Determinants of Paid Domestic Labour Prevalence – Social Policy and Society

Whose choice? Young people, career choices and reflexivity re-examined – Current Sociology

ABSTRACT Young people making future career choices are doing so in an environment that often highlights the benefits supposedly wrought by individualisation and reflexive choice. It is argued that those who demonstrate reflexivity in their decision-making would have an advantage in the negotiation of future risks. The authors of this article agree with theorists who … [Read More] Whose choice? Young people, career choices and reflexivity re-examined – Current Sociology

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