Connecting People with Jobs: Key Issues for Raising Labour Market Participation in Australia – OECD

SUMMARY Giving people better opportunities to participate actively in the labour market improves well-being. It also helps countries to cope with rapid population ageing by mobilising more fully each country’s potential labour resources. Weak labour market attachment of some groups in society reflects a range of barriers to working or moving up the jobs ladder. … [Read More] Connecting People with Jobs: Key Issues for Raising Labour Market Participation in Australia – OECD

Understanding the Unpaid Economy – Price Waterhouse Cooper

Why is it that a mother caring for her children produces no ‘measured’ economic value, but the same mother hiring others to look after her children does? The answer stems from our narrow measurements of ‘economic activity’, which currently only captures activities for which people are paid. Unpaid work is excluded but we intuitively know … [Read More] Understanding the Unpaid Economy – Price Waterhouse Cooper

What’s a Woman Really Worth? The $345b value of unpaid work to Australia’s economy – The Sydney Morning Herald

Extract If we were to measure the value of unpaid childcare to Australia’s economy in dollar terms, it would be the nation’s biggest – estimated at $345 billion. A new report from PwC, to be released on Wednesday as part of International Women’s Day, asks: Why is it that a mother caring for her children … [Read More] What’s a Woman Really Worth? The $345b value of unpaid work to Australia’s economy – The Sydney Morning Herald

Food as a discretionary item: the impact of welfare payment changes on low-income single mother’s food choices and strategies – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

ABSTRACT Recent changes to Australia’s welfare system have affected low-income single parent families, with many moved on to an employment seeker’s payment (a reduced payment) when the policy change made them ineligible for a family payment. To explore the impacts of this policy change, in-depth interviews were conducted with 23 low-income single mothers across Australia. … [Read More] Food as a discretionary item: the impact of welfare payment changes on low-income single mother’s food choices and strategies – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

Platform labor: on the gendered and racialized exploitation of low-income service work in the ‘on-demand’ economy – Information, Communication & Society

ABSTRACT How does one value something one cannot and often does not want to see? How do contemporary digital platforms and their infrastructures of connectivity, evaluation, and surveillance affect this relationship between value and visibility, when it is mediated through the problem of labor as at once a commodity and a lived experience? And how … [Read More] Platform labor: on the gendered and racialized exploitation of low-income service work in the ‘on-demand’ economy – Information, Communication & Society

ACOSS urges Parliament to reject latest attempt to cut incomes of poorest in new Omnibus Bill – ACOSS

Media Release ACOSS today urged the Federal Parliament to stand firm against measures in the new Government Omnibus Bill that will cut the incomes of some of the poorest people, including families, to fund child care reforms. “This is the latest attempt by the Government to push through harsh cuts that will rip $7 billion … [Read More] ACOSS urges Parliament to reject latest attempt to cut incomes of poorest in new Omnibus Bill – ACOSS

Job insecurity within the household: Are Australian householders caring when it comes to risk sharing? Australian Journal of Labour Economics

ABSTRACT We investigate perceived job security risk and the distribution of non-labour income between spouses in a household context. In the process, the restrictions implied by Beckerian-caring preferences in the Chiappori (2002) Collective model are considered, and estimates of the sharing rule are derived. The findings support the idea of household formation as a tool … [Read More] Job insecurity within the household: Are Australian householders caring when it comes to risk sharing? Australian Journal of Labour Economics

More than 200,000 young women job-seekers are forgotten by Government (UK) – Young Women’s Trust

Media Release A Young Women’s Trust report released today shows that more than a quarter of a million young women are not receiving the support they need to find work – despite 86 per cent of them wanting jobs. The ‘Young, Female and Forgotten?’ report, is the first in-depth research into young women who are … [Read More] More than 200,000 young women job-seekers are forgotten by Government (UK) – Young Women’s Trust

The employers who want women who are out of work – Women’s Agenda

Extract from an article by Georgina Dent Hearing another educated and skilled friend lament the fact there was “no point” in returning to the workforce, gave SAP President Adaire Fox-Martin an idea. “I have a son who has just finished the HSC and a number of my friends are at a similar stage with kids … [Read More] The employers who want women who are out of work – Women’s Agenda

For single parents, it pays to work – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Miranda Stewart and David Ingles Despite some analysis from other media suggesting single parents might find being on welfare more attractive than working, more than half of sole parents in Australia are in work and are better off as a result. Australia’s tax and social security systems are designed to collect revenue … [Read More] For single parents, it pays to work – The Conversation

The Global Gender Gap Report 2016 – World Economic Forum

Through the Global Gender Gap Report, the World Economic Forum quantifies the magnitude of gender disparities and tracks their progress over time, with a specific focus on the relative gaps between women and men across four key areas: health, education, economy and politics. The 2016 Report covers 144 countries. More than a decade of data … [Read More] The Global Gender Gap Report 2016 – World Economic Forum

Paths towards Family-friendly Working Time Arrangements: Comparing Workplaces in Different Countries and Industries – Social Policy & Administration

ABSTRACT Although studies have examined the distribution and conditions of employer-provided work–family arrangements, we still lack a systematic investigation of how these vary for different countries and industries. Based on the European Working Conditions Survey 2010, this study examines the conditions under which firms provide family-friendly working time arrangements and what the differences are across … [Read More] Paths towards Family-friendly Working Time Arrangements: Comparing Workplaces in Different Countries and Industries – Social Policy & Administration

Commonwealth predicts a Million New Jobs by 2020 – VDC News

The Commonwealth Department of Employment released theEmployment projections report 2016 (11 pages). The Report takes us through to 2020projects most new jobs created between now and 2020 will require tertiary qualifications. Of the one million new jobs projected, almost half will require certificate or diploma level qualifications.   It’s expected that in the five years … [Read More] Commonwealth predicts a Million New Jobs by 2020 – VDC News

Why do occupations dominated by women pay less? How ‘female-typical’ work tasks and working-time arrangements affect the gender wage gap among higher education graduates – Work, Employment and Society

ABSTRACT Even though women today constitute the majority of higher education graduates, they still earn considerably less than their male counterparts. Previous research demonstrates that occupational sex segregation is important for understanding the gender wage gap, since occupations dominated by women pay less; yet less is known about why this is the case. This article … [Read More] Why do occupations dominated by women pay less? How ‘female-typical’ work tasks and working-time arrangements affect the gender wage gap among higher education graduates – Work, Employment and Society

The gender pay gap means that more women will be in poverty later in life – but there is something the government can do (UK) – The Independent

Extract from an article by Claire Turner The average net income of female pensioners per week is approximately 85 per cent of their male counterparts and over two thirds of pensioners living in poverty are women This week’s report by IFS illuminates the persistence of the gender pay gap. It highlights that women in paid work … [Read More] The gender pay gap means that more women will be in poverty later in life – but there is something the government can do (UK) – The Independent

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