Youth underemployment at four-decade peak: Brotherhood report – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Michelle Grattan Underemployment among young people is now at its highest in the 40 years since it has been officially counted, according to a report from the Brotherhood of St Laurence released on Monday. In February underemployment was 18% of the youth labour force, affecting even more young people than … [Read More] Youth underemployment at four-decade peak: Brotherhood report – The Conversation

Generation stalled: Young, underemployed and living precariously in Australia – Brotherhood of St Laurence

Extract Young Australians face a much more brutish job scenario than their parents or grandparents ever faced. Along with high rates of youth unemployment, they are also negotiating the threat posed by underemployment – which has now become an entrenched feature of the youth labour market. The youth unemployment rate for 15–24 year olds has … [Read More] Generation stalled: Young, underemployed and living precariously in Australia – Brotherhood of St Laurence

Social Embeddedness, Formal Labor Supply, and Participation in Informal Work (US) – International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ABSTRACT Purpose – This study analyzes data from the first-ever national-level study of informal work in the United States (U.S.) to test two prominent points of focus in the literature: how participation in informal work relates to social embeddedness and formal labor supply. This paper also provides a comparative test of the factors associated with exchange-based … [Read More] Social Embeddedness, Formal Labor Supply, and Participation in Informal Work (US) – International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

Financial stress: We’re worrying ourselves sick over money – PS News Professional

Extract from an article by Darragh O’Keeffe Darragh O’Keeffe says increasing numbers of Australians are living with immense money worries that are impacting on their physical and mental health, but it is important to know that help is available. It was a break-up with her partner four years ago that plunged Shari Rainbow into sudden financial … [Read More] Financial stress: We’re worrying ourselves sick over money – PS News Professional

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

Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Shirley Jackson The Fair Work Commission decided to cut Sunday and some public holiday rates of pay across the hospitality, retail, pharmacy and fast food industries for full time, part time and some casual workers. This will hit young people the hardest as research tells us that while a third of … [Read More] Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most – The Conversation

Penalty rates for Sunday, holiday work to be slashed after landmark decision by Fair Work Commission – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Nick Toscano and Anna Patty Hundreds of thousands of Australians who work on Sundays will have their take-home pay slashed after a landmark ruling by the national workplace umpire. The Fair Work Commission on Thursday morning announced Sunday penalty rates paid in retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy industries will be … [Read More] Penalty rates for Sunday, holiday work to be slashed after landmark decision by Fair Work Commission – Sydney Morning Herald

Money for nothing: has the time come for universal basic income? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Mark Smith “Money for nothing” is not just a song from 1985 by Dire Straits but also, it seems, a new wave of policies supporting the government providing an income for citizens, regardless of their economic activity. Benoît Hamon, the surprise winner of the first round of the socialist primaries in … [Read More] Money for nothing: has the time come for universal basic income? The Conversation

The new income inequality and well-being paradigm – Social Science Research

ABSTRACT Based on earlier, mainly aggregate analyses, conventional wisdom previously held that income inequality reduces happiness. But aggregate models consistently yield misleading results in this domain, substantially because of intractable problems of sample size, confounding omitted variables, and conditional effects differing between poor developing nations, rich advanced nations, and nations in transition from Communism. Based … [Read More] The new income inequality and well-being paradigm – Social Science Research

Annual Youth Survey 2016 – Mission Australia

SUMMARY Each year we encourage young Australians aged 15-19 to ‘speak up’ about the issues that really concern them through our annual Youth Survey, the largest of its kind. In 2016 we had close to 22,000 respondents. Since its inception 15 years ago, the Youth Survey has become a critical piece of research and is … [Read More] Annual Youth Survey 2016 – Mission Australia

We can’t go on pretending that poverty is solved by getting a job (UK) – British Politics & Policy at LSE

Extract from an article by Chris Johnes Chris Johnes argues that getting a job is not necessarily a route out of poverty. Rising costs and falling real wages means that having a job won’t necessarily allow you to make ends meet. What’s worse, the auterity programme is hitting low-income households disproportionately hardest. We must, therefore, rethink the prevailing attitude towards taxes and … [Read More] We can’t go on pretending that poverty is solved by getting a job (UK) – British Politics & Policy at LSE

Exploding myths about the gig economy – VOX: CEPR’s Policy Portal

Extract from an article by Jacques Bughin and Jan Mischke The ‘gig economy’ refers to the independent workforce, including those drawing income from new digital platforms such as Uber and Airbnb. This column uses a survey of 8,000 respondents in the US, the UK, Germany, Sweden, France, and Spain to explode some myths about this relatively … [Read More] Exploding myths about the gig economy – VOX: CEPR’s Policy Portal

What if jobs are not the solution but the problem (US) – Aeon

Extract from an article by James Livingston Work means everything to us Americans. For centuries – since, say, 1650 – we’ve believed that it builds character (punctuality, initiative, honesty, self-discipline, and so forth). We’ve also believed that the market in labour, where we go to find work, has been relatively efficient in allocating opportunities and incomes. … [Read More] What if jobs are not the solution but the problem (US) – Aeon

Why the changing nature of work means we need a Universal Basic Income – Medium

Extract from an article by Frances Coppola We have a crisis of work. The secure, well-paid jobs of the past?—many of them in manufacturing—are disappearing. What is replacing them is insecurity and uncertainty. Low-paid, part-time, temporary and seasonal work. The “feast or famine” of self-employment. The so-called “sharing economy”, where people rent out their possessions … [Read More] Why the changing nature of work means we need a Universal Basic Income – Medium

The gig economy will not abolish working 9 to 5 – OECD Ecoscope

Extract from an article by Rory O’Farrell, Economics, OECD Economics Department There is little new about the ‘gig economy’. The word ‘gig’ originates from 1920s jazz musicians who played a small concert or ‘engagement’ at a venue. Dolly Parton may havesung about working 9 to 5, but her life was moving from one gig to another. … [Read More] The gig economy will not abolish working 9 to 5 – OECD Ecoscope

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