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A needle in a haystack : do increases in the minimum wage cause employment losses? /

by Watson, Ian.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Australian Centre for Industrial Relations Research and Training, University of Sydney 2004Description: 19 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2004 Includes bibliographical references (p. 16-19)Availability: (1)

Background paper by Alison McClelland for panel session The equity implications : BCA New Directions Conference 28th April 1999 Melbourne. /

by McClelland, Alison | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 1999Description: 13 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Panel session: `The Equity Implications', Business Council of Australia `New Directions' Conference, 28 April 1999, Melbourne.Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

Barriers to hiring disadvantaged or vulnerable entry-level job seekers : Victorian employers' attitude survey

by Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Publisher: East Melbourne, Vic. Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Brotherhood of St Laurence 2010Description: 52 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2009 Summary: This collaborative study explored recruitment and retention of low-skilled workers. It followed up some issues identified in the Victorian 2006 Skills Survey undertaken by the Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI). The 2008 Skills Survey explored the extent to which recruitment of low-skilled workers was a problem for employers, as well as employee work readiness, foundational skills and vocational training, and the support mechanisms to increase worker retention.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Better off working? Work, poverty and benefit cycling /

by Ray, Kathryn | Joseph Rowntree Foundation | Hoggart, Lesley | Vegeris, Sandra | Taylor, Rebecca.

Publisher: York, U.K. Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2010Summary: Examining poverty, work sustainability and progression among low-skilled workers.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Blue collared : the shrinking world of work in Tasmania /

by Madden, Kelly | Anglicare Tasmania.

Publisher: Hobart, Tas. Anglicare Tasmania 2003Description: 95 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2003 Summary: The qualitative component of this research indicates that unemployed people had a strong preference for permanent employment, placing a very high value on the paid entitlements and sense of security. Many of the participants had extensive experience of casual work but this had not led to more permanent employment. This research indicates that the distinct categories of ‘unemployed’ and ‘casual worker’ which emerge from static accounts of the labour market would be much more accurately conceptualised as a cycle, with a sub-group of people moving between casual work and unemployment on a very regular basis.Availability: (1)

Engaging low skilled employees in workplace learning /

by McQuaid, Ronald et al | UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

Publisher: UK Commission for Employment and Skills 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2012 Bibliography : p. 53-63 Evidence report 43Availability: (1)

From education to work : a difficult transition for young adults with low levels of education /

by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Publisher: Paris, France Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 2005Description: 114 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical references School to workSummary: In OECD countries, successful completion of secondary school is often a minimum for entering the labour market and a platform for lifelong learning. Young people with lower qualifications have a higher risk of long-term unemployment or insecure unfulfilling employment and of resulting social exclusion. This study uses data from labour force surveys in 25 countries including Australia and addresses topics including the impact of family background on educational achievement, comparative outcomes for young men and young women with limited education and specific challenges facing immigrant groupsAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Globalisation : global economies, labour markets and low skilled workers in Australia and abroad : briefing paper. /

by Rice, Andrew.

Publisher: unpub. 2003Description: 15 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: June 2003 Bibliography: p. 13-15Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Immigration : taking a long view /

by Viviani, Nancy | Asialink.

Publisher: Parkville, Vic. Asialink, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne 2010Description: PDF.Other title: The Asialink Essays 2010 ; volume 2 no. 2.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 9 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: This paper addresses the "Big Country" immigration debate. It argues that we haven't thought enough about the social and economic impact of the latest anticipated increases in immigration, - the "explosive" mix created when a relatively low skilled local population comes under pressure from high levels of more skilled migration. Treasury, Viviani says, thinks it is cheaper to free-ride on the educational investments by other countries in our migrants, while failing to properly build our own skill-levels.Availability: (1)

Low skills and social disadvantage in a changing economy /

by Hasluck, Chris.

Publisher: UK Commission for Employment and Skills September 2011Description: 72p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliog.Summary: This paper explores the link between social disadvantage and low skill. Social disadvantage is a wide-encompassing term that embraces economic, social and even political deprivation. This review considers the prospects for people who are disadvantaged by a lack of skill and/or qualifications. A low-level of skill or educational attainment is one indicator of social disadvantage of particular significance in regard to a person?s economic and labour market status. Clearly a lack of skill is not the only factor that may disadvantage a person in the labour market and where individuals suffer from additional disadvantages such as disability, poor health or discrimination, their labour market position will be further weakened. ; A useful analogy of the labour market is to think of it as a job queue. In that queue the disadvantaged are those who are ranked towards the lower end of that labour market queue. This is defined as the group whose employment opportunities are restricted to poorly paid and routine, elementary occupations, or who are excluded from employment (either unemployed or economically inactive). A lack of skills or qualifications tends to place people at the end of the labour queue, although other characteristics (such as age, gender, or ethnic origin) will also have an impact. While low skill/no qualifications is not a conventional definition of ?disadvantage?, there is a strong association between low skills or no qualifications and those characteristics more usually seen as signalling disadvantage and which are dealt with in other equality and skills papers in the series.Availability: (1)

Low-skill workers' access to quality green jobs /

by Martinson, Karin | The Urban Institute | Stanczyk, Alexandra | Eyster, Lauren.

Publisher: Washington, DC The Urban Institute 2010Description: PDF.Other title: The Urban Institute brief ; no. 13.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2010 Bibliography : p. 6-8 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: "Green jobs" have garnered attention and support from many circles. This brief discusses strategies for improving access to green jobs for low-skill individuals, particularly jobs that can improve workers' economic standing and better support families. To understand where green jobs for low-skill individuals can be found, we review green industries and occupations and what they pay. Next we identify "good" green jobs that pay enough to support employees' families. Finally we discuss how training for green jobs can equip low-skill workers with needed skills, recommend how to improve these training efforts, and detail examples of innovative programs.Availability: (1)

Overeducation and undereducation in Australia. /

by Miller, Paul W.

Publisher: 2007Notes: SCHOOL TO WORKAvailability: No items available

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).

Population, ageing and structural adjustment . /

by Giesecke, James | Meagher, G.A.

Publisher: Clayton, Vic. Centre of Policy Studies, Monash University 2009Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 2/06/2009 11:29:23 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success response Retirement & ageingAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Securing success : good practice in training people aged 45 and over who are disadvantaged in the labour market. /

by Australia. Department of Education, Science and Training.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Department of Education, Science and Training 2004; Canberra, A.C.T. Australian Department of Education, Science and Training 2003Description: 16 p. : ill.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:17:57 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Social Security Amendment (National Green Jobs Corps Supplement) Bill 2009 /

by Thomas, Matthew | Australia. Parliament.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Department of the Parliamentary Library 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Parliamentary Library. Bills digest ; no. 43, 2009-10.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The purpose of this Bill is to amend the Social Security Act 1991 to enable the temporary payment of a Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The caring self : the work experiences of home care aides /

by Stacey, Clare L.

Publisher: Ithaca, NY ILR Press 2011Description: xii, 199 p. ; 24 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 1.7 million home health aides and personal and home care aides in the United States as of 2008. These home care aides are rapidly becoming the backbone of America's system of long-term care, and their numbers continue to grow. Often referred to as frontline care providers or direct care workers, home care aides -disproportionately women of color - bathe, feed, and offer companionship to the elderly and disabled in the context of the home. In The Caring Self, Clare L. Stacey draws on observations of and interviews with aides working in Ohio and California to explore the physical and emotional labor associated with the care of others. Aides experience material hardships -most work for minimum wage, and the services they provide are denigrated as unskilled labor - and find themselves negotiating social norms and affective rules associated with both family and work. This has negative implications for workers who struggle to establish clear limits on their emotional labor in the intimate space of the home. Aides often find themselves giving more, staying longer, even paying out of pocket for patient medications or incidentals; in other words, they feel emotional obligations expected more often of family members than of employees. However, there are also positive outcomes: some aides form meaningful ties to elderly and disabled patients. This sense of connection allows them to establish a sense of dignity and social worth in a socially devalued job. The case of home care allows us to see the ways in which emotional labour can simultaneously have deleterious and empowering consequences for workers.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The wage of the unskilled worker and family needs, 1907 and 1920 . /

by Hancock, Keith.

Publisher: Adelaide, S.A. National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders University SA 2004Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:18:00 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Understanding mature-age workforce participation in Australia /

by Kimberley, Helen | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Bowman, Dina.

Publisher: Adelaide, S.A.Older workers: research readings edited by Tabatha Griffin and Francesca Beddie, 2011 2011Description: pp. 84-96.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Indexed chapter by Helen Kimberley and Dina Bowman, Research and Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: Part of a body of work commissioned by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, this paper addresses the factors affecting the mature-age workforce and consequently reflects the particular focus of the agency on strategies to prevent poverty and disadvantage. Using a multi-method approach, the issue of involuntary non-participation or underemployment is highlighted. The paper begins by highlighting the low level of workforce participation among mature-age people (45-64) in Australia, where the focus of concern is the impact on economic growth, in particular the notion of 'the disappearing taxpayer' (a smaller workforce meeting growing costs). The study critiques this approach and reviews the range of issues which contribute to the capacity of individuals to remain in the workforce and takes a life-course perspective on the generational influences that shape the patterns and experience of people's lives.Availability: (2)

Welfare, the working poor and labor [labour]. /

by Simmons, Louise (ed.).

Publisher: Armonk, New York M. E. Sharpe 2004Description: xiv, 172 p. : ill.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: Introduction / Louise Simmons -- I. Working poor and the contours of welfare reform. 1. Discipline and seduction: the campaign to regulate American workers / Frances Fox Piven -- 2. The mirage of welfare reform / Max B. Sawicky -- 3. The long economic downturn of the new century / Heather Boushey and Robert Cherry -- II. Workers and workforce issues. 4. A report from the front lines of welfare reform / Fran Bernstein and Cecilia Perry -- 5. Privatization labor-management relations, and working conditions for lower-skilled employees / Immanuel Ness and Roland Zullo -- 6. The Workforce Investment Act and the Labour Movement / Helena Worthen -- 7. Revolving doors: temp agencies as accelerators of churning in low-wage labor markets / Chirag Mehta and Nik Theodore -- III. Labor and the struggles over social welfare and work. 8. Evaluating the Living-Wage Strategy: prospects, problems, and possibilities / David J. Olson and Erich Steinman -- 9. Labor-welfare linkages and the imperative of organizing low-wage women workers / Louise Simmons -- 10. Urban poverty, social welfare, and human rights / James Jennings.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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