The precariat. Certainty in question. The Spanish case – Thesis

ABSTRACT

Spanish society witnesses deep transformations in the social and labour sphere, what it is creating difficulties in wide parts of population. Changes in the production model along with political reforms from the government in order to get out of the economic crisis are deregulating the labour market and eroding social rights. Within this framework . . . → Read More: The precariat. Certainty in question. The Spanish case – Thesis

Welfare Policies, Relative Income and Majority Choice – The Manchester School

ABSTRACT

In a model with heterogeneous workers, quasi-linear utility and both intensive and extensive margins of employment, we investigate welfare with optimal linear taxes and wage subsidies under Rawlsian and utilitarian objectives, and the effects of concern for relative income. Relativity implies much higher optimal utilitarian taxes, but makes little difference to already very high . . . → Read More: Welfare Policies, Relative Income and Majority Choice – The Manchester School

Youth Unemployment Continues to Rise – ProBono News

Author: Xavier Smerdon

Extract

Youth unemployment has risen to its highest level since 2001 and the issue is acting as a “handbrake on the Australian economy”, according to the Federal Labor Opposition.

Shadow Employment and Workplace Relations Minister, Brendan O’Connor, said figures from the Australian Bureau of . . . → Read More: Youth Unemployment Continues to Rise – ProBono News

The Workplace: Where Mental Illness Stigma Thrives – Right Now

Author: Ryan, Sam

Extract

The workplace is a breeding ground for mental illness stigma: where increasing pressure creates and exacerbates stress, and increasing uncertainty encourages a culture of silence.

For many of us work is our second home, so it is concerning that so many Australians, upon entering the workplace, conceal . . . → Read More: The Workplace: Where Mental Illness Stigma Thrives – Right Now

Measuring poverty when inflation varies across households – JRF (UK)

This research looks at trends in poverty (relative and absolute) after taking into account households’ different experiences of inflation.

The research finds:

Between 2002–03 and 2013–14, the bottom quintile experienced an annual average inflation rate of 3.4 per cent (based on the Retail Prices Index) compared with 3 per cent for . . . → Read More: Measuring poverty when inflation varies across households – JRF (UK)

Public says decent jobs are the best way to reduce poverty – JRF (UK)

With awareness of poverty at an all-time high, people believe higher wages are the solution, says Ben Page.

Extract

Public attitudes to poverty have changed. Media coverage of benefit cuts, unemployment, the use of food banks, fuel poverty and payday loans since the financial crisis of 2008 have heightened awareness that poverty in . . . → Read More: Public says decent jobs are the best way to reduce poverty – JRF (UK)

Unemployment: We are in uncharted territory – Working Life

Author: Matt Cowgill, Economic Policy Officer at the ACTU

The current state of the labour market reminds me of that old cliché about frogs – if you drop them into boiling water they’ll jump out, but if you put them into cold water and slowly crank up the heat, they won’t notice and will eventually . . . → Read More: Unemployment: We are in uncharted territory – Working Life

The living wage on its own won’t win the war on poverty [UK] – The Conversation

Author: John H McKendrick

Extract

The living wage won’t eradicate poverty in the UK. It may seem churlish to make the point as Living Wage Week draws to a close, but it’s a point well worth making…

There are few anti-poverty UK campaigns whose principal partner organisations include blue chip companies . . . → Read More: The living wage on its own won’t win the war on poverty [UK] – The Conversation

Latest Labour Force results highlight the need for Government’s Economic Action Strategy to be implemented – Minister’s Media Centre

Labour Force figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics yesterday indicate that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained steady at 6.2 per cent in October.

The figures show that seasonally adjusted employment rose by 24,100 in October but the unemployment rate remained steady.

Employment is now around 116,900 higher than September 2013 when the . . . → Read More: Latest Labour Force results highlight the need for Government’s Economic Action Strategy to be implemented – Minister’s Media Centre

Women and Men in the Recovery: Where the Jobs Are; Women Recover Jobs Lost in Recession in Year Five – IWPR

While the number of jobs dropped steeply, particularly for men, in the Great Recession, slow job growth has characterized the recovery. In the first two years of the recovery, men saw faster job growth than women. By the third year of recovery, in terms of share of jobs lost that were regained, women’s . . . → Read More: Women and Men in the Recovery: Where the Jobs Are; Women Recover Jobs Lost in Recession in Year Five – IWPR

Labour Force, Australia, October 2014 – ABS

This publication contains estimates of the civilian labour force derived from the Labour Force Survey component of the Monthly Population Survey. The full time series for estimates from this publication are also available electronically. More detailed estimates are released one week after this publication in various electronic formats – see Labour Force, Australia, Detailed – . . . → Read More: Labour Force, Australia, October 2014 – ABS

A ‘no-consequences’ education produces unemployable graduates – The Conversation

Article by Rachael Sharman

A research centre in the UK recently found that lavishing praise on students, particularly low-attaining students, may be counter-productive. By providing a no-fail, no-consequences environment in which the top priority is to make everybody feel good about themselves, we are doing little more than setting young people up to . . . → Read More: A ‘no-consequences’ education produces unemployable graduates – The Conversation

Job advertising strengthens a little further in October – ANZ

Highlights

Job advertisements edged up a further 0.2% in October, the fifth consecutive monthly rise in seasonally adjusted terms. Job ads have now trended higher for 12 months and are up 7.5% over this period. Consistent with other labour market indicators, the steady improvement in job ads suggest the labour market is turning around. The . . . → Read More: Job advertising strengthens a little further in October – ANZ

Snapshot of vocational education and training in Australia: infographics

NCVER has released four infographics that provide an overview of publicly-funded training based on NCVER’s main data collections:

Students and courses – including key findings from Young people in education and training Apprentices & trainees VET finance VET outcomes – drawing key findings from Student outcomes and Employers’ use and views of the VET system . . . → Read More: Snapshot of vocational education and training in Australia: infographics

Baby boomers blasted for ‘retiring’ on dole money – The Australian

Extract from an article by Natasha Bita

THE Employment Department has accused baby boomers of ­“retiring’’ on the dole, as the number of over-50s on Newstart jumped 9 per cent in a year.

Unemployment is rising five times faster for Australians in their 50s than for those in their 20s, the latest social-security data reveals, . . . → Read More: Baby boomers blasted for ‘retiring’ on dole money – The Australian

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