Effects of individualised follow-up on activation programme participants’ self-sufficiency – International Journal of Social Welfare

ABSTRACT Recent developments within activation policies emphasise tailor-made and individualised services; however, little is known of what the effects of these initiatives are. The aim of this study was, therefore, to analyse, in a cluster-randomised design, the long-term effects of an individualised follow-up model on welfare recipients’ self-sufficiency. The follow-up model systematises the work done … [Read More] Effects of individualised follow-up on activation programme participants’ self-sufficiency – International Journal of Social Welfare

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

Media Release Australia’s estimated seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June 2015 was 6.0 per cent, an increase of 0.1 percentage points from a revised 5.9 per cent for May 2015. In trend terms, the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.0 per cent, as announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. The seasonally adjusted … [Read More] Australia’s unemployment rate increased to 6.0 per cent in June 2015 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Welfare Capitalism in Crisis: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Labour Market Policy Responses to the Great Recession – Journal of Social Policy

ABSTRACT Social policy responses to the recent economic crisis have varied considerably across advanced capitalist countries. This study aims to explain this cross-national diversity through a qualitative comparative analysis of labour market policy responses to the Great Recession across eighteen advanced welfare states. The results of the study suggest that theories of welfare state change … [Read More] Welfare Capitalism in Crisis: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Labour Market Policy Responses to the Great Recession – Journal of Social Policy

Direct Participation and Employee Learning at Work – Work & Occupations

ABSTRACT The creation of a learning environment at work has been seen as an essential concomitant of the growth of an advanced economy. This article explores the implications of direct participation for different types of employee learning, drawing upon the British Skills and Employment Surveys of 2006 and 2012. It confirms that direct participation is … [Read More] Direct Participation and Employee Learning at Work – Work & Occupations

What employers want from young people (UK) – NIACE

Extract The UK remains in the top five of OECD countries for youth unemployment, despite  the falling number of young people out of work.. At the same time many employers cite lack of ‘work-readiness’ as a significant barrier to them employing a young person. To counter these challenges, NIACE has worked with young people and … [Read More] What employers want from young people (UK) – NIACE

Preparing young people for work: do we really have a crisis? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Kira Clarke In the last 12 months, Australian governments of all persuasions have alluded to a crisis in how we prepare young people for trade and technical jobs. These concerns come in response to a decline in uptake of apprenticeships and concerns about youth unemployment. A national framework for vocational … [Read More] Preparing young people for work: do we really have a crisis? The Conversation

We’re paying a high social price for material success – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Ross Gittins While there’s been much worry of late that the economy isn’t growing fast enough to get unemployment down, it remains true that our economic performance since the global financial crisis has been the envy of most other rich countries. But it’s old news that, while economic growth matters … [Read More] We’re paying a high social price for material success – Sydney Morning Herald

Superannuation Policy for Post-Retirement – Productivity Commission

Key Points Australia’s ageing population will increase demands on the retirement income system. With this in mind, this report seeks to improve understanding of two elements of the retirement income puzzle – when and how individuals access their superannuation. The preservation age – the age at which people can access their superannuation savings – is … [Read More] Superannuation Policy for Post-Retirement – Productivity Commission

Effects of Permanent and Transitory Tax Changes in a Life-cycle Labor Supply Model with Human Capital – International Economics Review

ABSTRACT I examine effects of labor income taxation in life-cycle models with human capital accumulation. In this case, the opportunity cost of time equals the wage plus returns to work experience. This has several interesting consequences: First, the data appear consistent with larger labor supply elasticities than prior work suggests. Second, contrary to conventional wisdom, … [Read More] Effects of Permanent and Transitory Tax Changes in a Life-cycle Labor Supply Model with Human Capital – International Economics Review

Work-Related Intimate Partner Violence, Acculturation, and Socioeconomic Status Among Employed Men Enrolled in Batterer Intervention Programs – Violence Against Women

ABSTRACT Intimate partner violence (IPV) has been shown to have considerable effects on women’s employment and health. The purpose of this study was to examine work-related IPV, acculturation, and socioeconomic status (SES) among Latinos enrolled in batterer intervention programs. Findings indicate that 55% of men interfered with their partner’s ability to get to their work, … [Read More] Work-Related Intimate Partner Violence, Acculturation, and Socioeconomic Status Among Employed Men Enrolled in Batterer Intervention Programs – Violence Against Women

‘A few years ago I thought it was fairly dead in the water’: newspaper printing, new media and job insecurity in Australia – Labour & Industry

ABSTRACT The work of printers has been central to newspaper production for hundreds of years. In recent times, however, this work has been challenged by the emergence of new technologies and by the struggles of newspaper publishers to remain financially viable. Based on interviews with 20 newspaper printers in Australia, and grounded in a theoretical … [Read More] ‘A few years ago I thought it was fairly dead in the water’: newspaper printing, new media and job insecurity in Australia – Labour & Industry

Apprentices thriving at work: looking through an appreciative lens – Journal of Vocational Education & Training

ABSTRACT An appreciative lens has been used to explore the question: what is it in the performance of managers, other employees, vocational educators and apprentices themselves, which enables an apprentice to experience a sense of thriving at work? The apprentice is understood to be involved in a process of continually developing and becoming as their … [Read More] Apprentices thriving at work: looking through an appreciative lens – Journal of Vocational Education & Training

How demanding are eligibility criteria for unemployment benefits, quantitative indicators for OECD and EU countries – OECD

ABSTRACT Eligibility criteria for unemployment benefits, which require recipients to actively look for work, take up suitable job offers or take part in active labour market programmes (ALMPs), or risk benefit sanctions, can play an important role in offsetting the negative impact of generous unemployment benefits on employment incentives. This paper presents information on the … [Read More] How demanding are eligibility criteria for unemployment benefits, quantitative indicators for OECD and EU countries – OECD

Youth unemployment at ‘crisis’ levels in Victoria, regional areas worst affected – ABC News

Extract from an article by Liz Hobday Almost one in five young people in regional Victoria cannot find work, fresh unemployment figures show. The figures, from the Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS), indicate statewide youth unemployment stands at 16.1 per cent. In Melbourne, the youth unemployment rate is 16.3 per cent, but the rate is … [Read More] Youth unemployment at ‘crisis’ levels in Victoria, regional areas worst affected – ABC News

When taking a sickie is simply not an option – Daily Life

Extract from an article by Lou Heinrich It’s 5am. Rebecca has been unable to sleep for hours due to stomach cramps and vomiting. She curls into a foetal position, trying to make the mental calculations. Can she afford to take a sickie today? Rebecca could be any casual worker. Without paid leave entitlements, taking sick leave … [Read More] When taking a sickie is simply not an option – Daily Life

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