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"Precarious work, uncertain futures: the labour market experiences of 25-to 34 -year-olds" /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: 2002Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

Age differences in job loss, job search, and reemployment /

by Johnson, Richard | Urban Institute | Mommaerts, Corina.

Publisher: Washington, DC Urban Institute 2011Description: PDF.Other title: The program on retirement policy. Discussion paper ; no. 11-01.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2011 Bibliography pp. 29-33 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: Working longer is often hailed as the best way to increase retirement incomes, yet this strategy depends crucially on seniors' ability to find work and hold on to their jobs. This study examines how the incidence and consequences of job displacement vary by age. Results show that older workers are less likely than younger workers to lose their jobs, but only because they generally have spent more time with their employers. When older workers lose their jobs, it takes them longer than their younger counterparts to become reemployed, and when they do find work they generally experience sharp wage declines.Availability: (1)

Altruism and capitalism : through the new 'Job Network' /

by Pickering, Paul | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1998Description: 24 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

Casual labour : a stepping stone to something better or part of an underclass? /

by Richardson, David | Australia Institute.

Publisher: Bruce, A.C.T. The Australia Institute 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2012 Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: This paper responds to the invitation by the Brian Howe inquiry set up to examine insecure work. The consultation document makes it clear that the casualisation of the workforce is a consequence of the increasing flexibility built into the labour market at the initiative of employers/business and the general predisposition for deregulation among policy-makers.Availability: (1)

Flexibility with security : driving a new compact down under? /

by Allebone, James | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Melbourne, Victoria Brotherhood of St Laurence ; Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne 2010Description: 17 p.Other title: Social policy working paper ; no. 11.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2010 This occasional online series, commenced in 2004, is a joint undertaking of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Centre for Public Policy at the University of Melbourne. INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: This Paper discusses the concept of 'flexicurity' as developed overseas to balance flexibility for employers with security for workers and its relevance to employment and income support policy in Australia. According to the flexicurity model, security is understood not as narrow 'employment security' (that is, maintenance of employment in a single job secured through long-term contracts and strong employment protection legislation) but rather as broad 'labour market security'.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Flexicurity : perspectives and practice /

by European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and orking Conditions.

Publisher: Dublin, Ireland European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical references.Summary: 'The concept of flexicurity has been based on a notion that robust active labour market policies, lifelong learning investment and modern social security systems can ensure security of employment and income, even if contractual arrangements become more flexible and job transitions more frequent, as required by the rapidly evolving economic context. - Discussing labour market reforms and the validity of flexicurity is therefore highly topical. In a period as transformative as this one, it is more than necessary to think how employment policy can help Europe emerge from the crisis with a stronger labour market.'Availability: (1)

Flexicurity and beyond : finding a new agenda for the European Social Model /

by Jorgensen, Henning (ed.) | Madsen, Per Kongshoj (ed.).

Publisher: Copenhagen DJOF Publishing 2007Description: 610 p. : ill.Notes: INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: 'Flexicurity' - a combination of 'flexibility' and 'security' - has become a hot topic among European politicians. At the European summit on March 2006, the European Council decided to develop a set of common principles of flexicurity. Since then a stream of reports and documents on the subject has come from Brussels. The latest example is a communication from the Commission with the promising title "Towards Common Principles of Flexicurity: More and Better Jobs Through Flexibility and Security". Based hereon, the Council will in December take the final decision on the common principles. Denmark is often taken as a prime example of flexicurity, because of the special combination of low employment protection, high unemployment benefits and active labour market policy. This 'golden triangle' has won international fame and is marketed - also by the European Commission and the OECD - as a prototype of how the appropriate balance between flexibility and security can lead to high employment and low unemployment. It was therefore no coincidence that Denmark was the location for a conference attracting leading European researchers of flexicurity. The event took place in October 2006 and was hosted by the Centre for Labour Market Research (CARMA) at the University of Aalborg. For the first time, twenty up-to-date analysis of flexicurity both as existing national and European institutions and as a political strategy are collected in this edited volume. The contributions are divided into the following topics: Flexicurity as a European strategy to boost the Lisbon agenda; Empirical studies of flexicurity in the EU Member States: How far are they from realizing the ideal of flexicurity? And neglected aspects of flexicurity, like wage formation and flexicurity arrangements at firm level.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Insecure work, anxious lives : the growing crisis of insecure work in Australia /

by Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Council of Trade Unions 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2011 Bibliography : p. 22Summary: Australia has experienced strong and sustained economic growth for most of the last three decades. Our economy continues to perform relatively strongly, especially when compared to many other developed nations. At the same time, the Fair Work Act has restored many rights at work and is promoting fairer and more productive workplaces. But not all Australians are sharing in the benefits of our national economic prosperity. Profits as a share of national income are at a record levels, while the wages share is at a 40-year low. Australian unions are deeply concerned that growing numbers of workers are engaged in work that is unpredictable, uncertain and that undermines what ordinary Australians need to feel secure in their lives and their communities. Casual jobs, short term contracts and other insecure forms of work are on the rise. Secure jobs are getting harder and harder to find.Availability: (1)

Job retention and advancement of disadvantaged jobseekers: a synthesis of findings

by Chigavazira, Abraham | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Bowman, Dina | Scutella, Rosanna.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2013; Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research 2013Description: 24 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: This research was conducted as part of the ARC linkage project 'Job retention and advancement for disadvantaged jobseekers' with the Brotherhood of St Laurence.Summary: This report summarises key findings of the Job Retention and Advancement of Disadvantaged Jobseekers study, an ARC Linkage funded study with the Brotherhood of St Laurence that examined the long-term employment outcomes of particular groups of disadvantaged jobseekers in Australia. The central aim of the study was to identify the factors that assist with job retention and advancement of the unemployed and of other jobless groups that have experienced long spells out of the workforce, such as sole parents and people with long-term health conditions or disabilities. ; Both quantitative and qualitative analyses were undertaken to address the aims of the study. Firstly the direct experiences of a select group of disadvantaged jobseekers were examined in a longitudinal survey designed specifically for this study: the Job Pathways Survey. As a complement to the survey 57 semi-structured, face-to-face or telephone interviews were conducted with 30 people over the course of the study. Secondly we examined earnings mobility in Australia using a nationally representative dataset. The third area of inquiry related to policy options to improve the outcomes of disadvantaged jobseekers once they have re-entered the labour market. Findings for each of these parts of the study are summarised below, beginning with the findings of the Job Pathways Survey.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Juggling work, home and learning in low-paid occupations : a qualitative study /

by Pocock, Barbara | University of South Australia. Centre for Work and Life | Elton, Jude | Green, Deborah | Pritchard, Suzanne.

Publisher: Adelaide, S.A. National Centre for Vocational Education Research 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Appendices pp. 55-61Summary: This report looks at what factors influence the participation of low-skilled and low-paid workers in vocational education and training. Information comes from students, employers, employees and providers in the retail, food-processing and non-residential aged care sectors across four Australian states. It finds that although barriers to training do include lack of money and time to study, many of the challenges related to integrating work, home life, community interests and study. The main driver of training is the need to gain or retain a job, and the costs of participation are high as far as time, money and effort goes. For low-paid workers the financial rewards for training are low.Availability: (1)

Overskilling, job insecurity and career mobility : evidence from Australia. /

by McGuinness, Seamus | University of Melbourne. Melbourne Institute of Applied conomic and Social Research | Wooden, Mark.

Publisher: Parkville, Vic. Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research 2007Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: This paper uses longitudinal data to examine the extent to which overskilling is a transitory phenomenon that declines with increased labour market mobility. The results suggest that while overskilled workers are more likely to want to quit, they are relatively unconfident of finding an improved labour market match.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Perceptions of job security in Australia . /

by Borland, Jeff | University of Melbourne. Melbourne Institute of Applied conomic and Social Research.

Publisher: [Parkville, Vic.] Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research 2002Description: 45 p. + appendices.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The future of work in Australia : dealing with insecurity and risk : an ACTU options paper on measures to promote job and income security /

by Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Council of Trade Unions 2011Description: PDF.Other title: Working Australia paper : no. 13/2011.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: The risk shifting from businesses and governments onto workers has effects far beyond the workplace and even the household. It also damages communities and the social fabric of Australian society. Financial insecurity and uncertainty over working hours has a debilitating effect on workers? capacity to find time for relationships and for rest time, leisure and activities outside work. Without knowing when they will next work, workers struggle to stay connected with their communities and to participate in activities such as getting involved in their children?s school or playing in the local sports team. The rise of insecure work presents significant challenges to Australian workers and their unions. Unions are faced with the challenge of responding to the massive transformations that have occurred in the world of work and developing workplace standards that meet the legitimate aspirations of Australian workers to decent and secure jobs and that are appropriate for a modern, prosperous, internationally competitive market economy.Availability: (1)

The Global Financial Crisis in Australia /

by Chesters, Jenny | The Australian Sociological Association.

Publisher: unpub. 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Conference paper presented at The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference. Social Causes, Private Lives (2010 : North Ryde, N.S.W.) INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: This paper examines the effects of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on several dimensions of the day-to-day lives of Australians: changes in total income; changes in usual hours worked; satisfaction with financial position and perceptions of job security. Using longitudinal data collected in Waves 6, 7 and 8 of the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey (n=11061), I find that although the GFC had not impacted upon unemployment nor usual hours worked, retired Australians were less satisfied with their financial position and employed people were becoming concerned about job security.Availability: (1)

The growth of non-traditional employment : are jobs becoming more precarious? /

by Murtough, Greg | Australia. Productivity Commission | Waite, Matthew.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Productivity Commission 2000Description: v, 34 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2000 Bibliography (p.31-34)Availability: (1)

The insecure workforce. /

by Heery, Edmund (ed.) | Salmon, John (ed.).

Publisher: London, U.K. Routledge 2000Description: 238 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The transformation of Australian industrial relations. /

by Wooden, Mark | Drago, Robert | Hawke, Anne.

Publisher: Leichhardt, N.S.W. Federation Press 2000Description: xv, 238 p.Notes: Includes index. Bibliography: p. 219-230.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Up to the job /

by Knell, John | DEMOS | Philpott, John.

Publisher: London, U.K. DEMOS 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography pp. 37-38 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: In the wake of the global recession, unprecedented cooperation between employers and employees helped British workplaces adjust relatively well. This led to fewer of the mass redundancies that had characterised previous recessions, but there are still severe consequences to the economic downturn: wages are stagnant, unemployment is high. One result has been a worrying shift in business rhetoric, which lobbies for lower labour costs and deregulation. Up to the Job argues that policy-makers can play a key role in shaping the culture of work in the UK, first by not rolling back years of progress on employment regulation and second by highlighting why the productive workplace should be seen as an important component of the Government's civil society agenda, the Big Society. It uncovers a mixed picture, but enough to indicate that Britain has a significant 'work problem', which diminishes both economic performance and general wellbeing. The pamphlet argues that employers must recognise that fostering insecurity is not a sustainable management tool. Labour markets cannot become simply 'hire and fire' without having a damaging effect on workplace performance. If employers can no longer offer the level of economic security that is expected of them, this needs accommodating in some other way, through greater employee engagement. Only then will the UK have a labour market that is up to the job.Availability: (1)

Work rich, work poor : inequality and economic change in Australia. /

by Borland, Jeff (ed.) | Gregory, Bob (ed.) | Sheehan, Peter (ed.).

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University 2001Description: x, 252 p. : ill.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: 1. Inequality and economic change / Jeff Borland, Bob Gregory and Peter Sheehan -- 2. Family income inequality / Nick Pappas -- 3. The causes of increased earnings inequality : the international literature / Peter Sheehan -- 4. Immigrant employment and economic change in Australia / R.G. Gregory and Xin Meng -- 5. Wives and mothers: the labour-market experiences of immigrant women / Deborah A. Cobb-Clark and Marie D. Connolly -- 6. Low-paid employment in the labour market, 1995-97 / Yvonne Dunlop -- 7. The polarisation of families / Andrew Burbidge and Peter Sheehan -- 8. Job stability and job security / Jeff Borland -- 9. Precarious employment and occupational change / Sally Weller and Michael Webber -- 10. Earnings inequality and skill / Nick Pappas -- 11. Technology, skills and earnings inequality: a new approach to understanding the characteristics of jobs / Peter Sheehan and Alexis Esposto.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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