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  • 6-September-2011

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    Over-Qualified or Under-Skilled (OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers No. 121)

    Mismatches between workers’ competences and what is required by their job are widespread in OECD countries. that use qualifications as proxies for competences suggest that as many as one in four workers could be over-qualified...

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  • 29-July-2011

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    Off to a good start? Jobs for Youth

    This report makes an important contribution to a new agenda of youth-friendly employment policies and practices. It analyses the situation of youth employment and unemployment in the context of the jobs crisis and identifies successful policy measures in OECD countries.

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  • 28-July-2011

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    Employment database

    Our on-line database brings together data and indicators constructed to support the analyses presented in various editions of the OECD Employment Outlook as well as selected short-term indicators.

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  • 27-July-2011

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    Activation Policies in Japan (Social, Employment and Migration Working Paper No 113)

    This report examines the performance of public employment services and the effectiveness of activation strategies in Japan.

  • 27-July-2011

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    Activation Policies in Switzerland (Social, Employment and Migration Working Paper No 112)

    This report examines the performance of public employment services and the effectiveness of activation strategies in Switzerland. It covers the role of the key actors in labour market policy...

  • 11-July-2011

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    Skills for the 21 century: from lifetime employment to lifetime employability

    What individuals know and can do has a profound impact on the competitiveness, productivity and social cohesion of their countries. But most importantly it has an impact on the quality of their lives; on their achievements and self-fulfilment, according to OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.

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  • 16-March-2011

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    Ageing and Employment Policies - Statistics on average effective age of retirement

    One indicator of retirement behaviour that abstracts from more general factorsaffecting the level of participation rates is the average effective age at which older workers withdraw from the labour force

  • 20-December-2010

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    Japan should enrol non-regulars in social insurances, ease access to welfare, extend activation measures, says OECD

    Japan has high employment rates for men and older workers and relatively low unemployment. Benefit entitlements for the unemployed are limited, but other labour market policies - including an emphasis on placement services - help to prevent unemployment ...

  • 15-December-2010

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    Off to a Good Start? Jobs for Youth

    Promoting a smooth transition from school to work, and ensuring that youth are given the opportunities to move on in their careers and lives, have long been issues of fundamental importance for our economies and societies. Today, they are even more pressing challenges as the global economy emerges from the worst crisis of the past 50 years. Indeed, young people have borne much of the brunt of the recent jobs crisis. The youth unemployment rate is approaching 20% in the OECD area, with nearly 4 million more youth among the unemployed than at the end of 2007. 

    The initial experience in the labour market has a profound influence on later working life. Getting off to a good start facilitates youth integration into the world of work and lays the foundation for a good career, while it can be difficult to catch up after an initial failure. In particular, the jobs crisis is likely to leave long-lasting “scarring” effects on some of the current generation of school-leavers, particularly if they face multiple disadvantages, such as having low skills and also coming from a disadvantaged background. 

    Tackling the youth jobs crisis requires a strong commitment from all: the youth themselves, the government through well-targeted and effective policy measures, social partners though their participation in the dialogue, and other key actors – such as teachers, practitioners and parents – who can really make a difference to investing in youth. 

    This report makes an important contribution to a new agenda of youth-friendly employment policies and practices. It analyses the situation of youth employment and unemployment in the context of the jobs crisis and identifies successful policy measures in OECD countries. But it also discusses structural reforms in education and in the labour market that can facilitate the transition from school to work. The report draws on both recent data and the main lessons that emerged from the 16 country reviews conducted as part of the OECD Jobs for Youth/Des emplois pour les jeunes programme.

  • 30-November-2010

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    ELS Seminar Series

    The OECD Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate has launched in September 2008 a series of seminars open to both external and internal speakers. It is intended to be an informal forum for discussion of policy-oriented empirical research work among policy-makers, academics and OECD staff.

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