National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2014-15 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

EXTRACT Introduction The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) was conducted from September 2014 to June 2015 with a sample of 11,178 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in private dwellings across Australia. The NATSISS is a six-yearly multidimensional social survey which provides broad, self-reported information across key areas of social … [Read More] National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2014-15 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Caring in later life harms job prospects – AgeUK

Extract Age UK and Carers UK call on the Government to make all jobs flexible by default as a new report “Walking the Tightrope: The challenges of combining work and care in later life.” reveals the significant impact caring has on employment prospects. Caring for as little as five hours a week can have a … [Read More] Caring in later life harms job prospects – AgeUK

Poorer than their parents? A new perspective on income inequality – McKinsey & Company

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract Most people growing up in advanced economies since World War II have been able to assume that they and their children will be better off than their parents and grandparents—and for most of the time, that assumption has been correct. Over the past 70 years, except for a brief hiatus in the 1970s, … [Read More] Poorer than their parents? A new perspective on income inequality – McKinsey & Company

Are older workers ‘crowding out’ the young?: a study of the Australian transport and logistics labour market – Labour & Industry

ABSTRACT This paper explores a paradox in the Australian labour market namely that ageing workforces and significant skills shortages in certain sectors are juxtaposed with rising youth unemployment. According to one dominant view these two social issues are interrelated with young workers being ‘crowded out’ by their older colleagues who are delaying retirement. In this … [Read More] Are older workers ‘crowding out’ the young?: a study of the Australian transport and logistics labour market – Labour & Industry

Cross-occupational skill transferability: challenges and opportunities in a changing economy – NCVER

SUMMARY Industries, and the occupations encompassed by them, are susceptible to many influences, such as fluctuations in the Australian dollar, trade agreements and the emergence of new technologies and ways of working. A recent example of these changes is the decline of the auto manufacturing industry in Australia; closures in this industry have resulted in … [Read More] Cross-occupational skill transferability: challenges and opportunities in a changing economy – NCVER

Event – Vulnerable Workers and Occupational Mobility – NCVER

Webinar, 11 August 2016 About Transferable skills are increasingly important for occupational mobility and securing employment in a changing labour market. This is particularly so for workers made redundant from declining industries and occupations. However, how workers in this position come to understand and utilise their transferable skills is not well understood. This webinar will examine how … [Read More] Event – Vulnerable Workers and Occupational Mobility – NCVER

The evolution of gender and poverty in Britain: solo-living men are emerging as a new poor group – British Politics & Policy at LSE

Extract from an article by Esther Dermott Esther Dermott examines the relationship between gender, age and living arrangements in Britain over the period of 1999-2012. Her analysis finds that older women have gone from being one of the poorest groups to being relatively advantaged. Meanwhile, men living alone are an emerging poor group in Britain. As we approached … [Read More] The evolution of gender and poverty in Britain: solo-living men are emerging as a new poor group – British Politics & Policy at LSE

Tougher eligibility rules force thousands off the disability pension and into financial hardship (with audio) – ABC Radio National

SUMMARY The Federal Government’s welfare-to-work reforms are pushing thousands of people off the disability pension and into financial hardship. Welfare rights organisations say their work is increasingly taken up with these cases. Tougher eligibility rules, first introduced by the Gillard Labor Government in 2012 and extended by the Coalition, have resulted in more than 30,000 … [Read More] Tougher eligibility rules force thousands off the disability pension and into financial hardship (with audio) – ABC Radio National

New study finds workplace training benefits employees’ health and job performance (Canada) – Social Research & Demonstration Corporation

SUMMARY Ottawa, June 6, 2016 – Today SRDC releases the results of the UPSKILL Health project, which was designed to explore the relationships among literacy and essential skills (LES), health, and job performance. Its results highlight skills development and training as a ‘win-win’ for both employees and businesses. While most Canadians can read, almost half … [Read More] New study finds workplace training benefits employees’ health and job performance (Canada) – Social Research & Demonstration Corporation

Small increase in trend employment growth in Australia – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Media Release Employment grew by 0.07 per cent in June, consistent with the average growth rate over the last six months, according to trend figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. The latest Labour Force data shows over the past month, trend employment increased by 8,300 persons to 11,933,400 persons. Trend full-time … [Read More] Small increase in trend employment growth in Australia – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Unemployment edges up to 5.8 per cent: ABS jobs data – ABC News

Extract Unemployment has edged up to 5.8 per cent, despite the estimated creation of 7,900 jobs. It is the first time in five months that unemployment has gone up in Australia. The result was broadly in line with market expectations, with the typical analyst expecting a 10,000-strong jobs gain and a 5.8 per cent unemployment … [Read More] Unemployment edges up to 5.8 per cent: ABS jobs data – ABC News

How to make better mistakes in public policy: Learn from the negative results just as much as the positive ones – LSE Impact of Social Sciences

Extract from an article by  Kevin Arceneaux and Daniel Butler We all make mistakes, a tendency which also extends to those who work in public policy. But we often only hear about successes. Bucking this trend, Kevin Arceneaux and Daniel Butler describe a recent pilot program aimed at boosting civic engagement. Rather than increasing the … [Read More] How to make better mistakes in public policy: Learn from the negative results just as much as the positive ones – LSE Impact of Social Sciences

Rusty, Invisible and Threatening: Ageing, capital and employability – Work Employment & Society

Original research by the Research & Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence, & University of Melbourne ABSTRACT Levels of mature-age unemployment and under-employment are increasing in Australia, with older jobseekers spending longer unemployed than younger jobseekers. This article focuses on two key explanations of the difficulties confronting older jobseekers: human capital theory, which focuses on the … [Read More] Rusty, Invisible and Threatening: Ageing, capital and employability – Work Employment & Society

What are Best-Practice Programs for Jobseekers Facing High Barriers to Employment? – Melbourne Institute

ABSTRACT This Policy Brief proposes a new model for employment programs to assist jobseekers with high levels of labour market disadvantage. Current employment programs in Australia are either unsuitable for or have been poorly designed to meet the needs of these jobseekers. Based on evidence from evaluations of employment programs and from practitioners, we argue … [Read More] What are Best-Practice Programs for Jobseekers Facing High Barriers to Employment? – Melbourne Institute

Aboriginal Employment Reaches Significant Milestone in NT – Long-term Unemployment Blog

Extract Not for Profit Diversity Council Australia is calling on states to follow the example set by the Northern Territory after it was announced Aboriginal employment in the public sector has reached a significant milestone. Chief Minister and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Adam Giles announced during NAIDOC Week that more than 10 per cent of … [Read More] Aboriginal Employment Reaches Significant Milestone in NT – Long-term Unemployment Blog

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