At OECD, the relationship between skills and the labour market is the object of in-depth research and policy analysis. This includes the measurement of skill requirements in the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), thematic analysis on the links between skills and key labour market outcomes, as well as the assessment and policy response to changing skill needs.
As the first edition of “Youth Skills day” unfolds, about 40 million youth aged 15-29 in OECD countries are either looking for work or entirely disconnected from the labour market and from education and training.
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Unemployment remains too high in the Netherlands. Despite a substantial reduction in unemployment over the past year, the unemployment rate stood at 7.1 % in the first quarter of this year.
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At 75%, the employment rate in New Zealand is the third highest among OECD countries and has been only marginally affected by the recent economic crisis.
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Ireland was hit hard by the financial crisis and the labour market has yet to fully mend. The unemployment rate more than tripled from 4.6% in Q1 2007 to its peak of 15.1% in Q4 2011.
People today are living longer than ever before, while birth rates are dropping in the majority of OECD countries. Such demographics raise the question: are current public social expenditures adequate and sustainable? Older workers play a crucial role in the labour market. Now that legal retirement ages are rising, fewer older workers are retiring early, but at the same time those older workers who have lost their job after the age of 50 have tended to remain in long term unemployment. What can countries do to help? How can they give older people better work incentives and opportunities? These reports offer analysis and assessment on what the best policies are for fostering employability, job mobility and labour demand at an older age.
Ce rapport présente un diagnostic détaillé du marché du travail des jeunes en Tunisie, en prêtant une attention particulière à la formation professionnelle et à l’entrepreneuriat et en se plaçant dans le contexte de la transition de la Tunisie vers une économie verte. Il opte pour une perspective comparative internationale dans son analyse des différents moyens d’améliorer le passage de l’école au travail. Il offre aussi à d’autres pays la possibilité de tirer des enseignements des mesures novatrices prises par la Tunisie pour renforcer les compétences des jeunes et leurs résultats en matière d’emploi.
Il ressort d’un nouveau rapport de l’OCDE que les services de santé et de l’emploi devraient intervenir plus tôt, mettre à contribution les principaux acteurs et faire en sorte de travailler ensemble afin d’aider les personnes atteintes de troubles mentaux à trouver du travail et à le garder.
Japan could help laid-off workers find a job more quickly by improving co-ordination between public employment services and companies, as well as ensuring that all workers benefit from adequate Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, according to a new OECD report.
Job displacement (involuntary job loss due to firm closure or downsizing) affects many workers over the course of their working lives. Displaced workers may face long periods of unemployment and, even when they find new jobs, tend to be paid less and have fewer benefits than in the jobs they held prior to displacement. Helping displaced workers get back into good jobs quickly should be a key goal of labour market policy. This report is the second in a series of reports looking at how this challenge is being tackled in a number of OECD countries. It shows that Japanese employers and the government go to considerable lengths to avoid the displacement of regular workers while also providing considerable income and re-employment support to many of the workers whose jobs cannot be preserved. Challenges for labour market programmes include expanding labour market mobility between regular jobs, improving co-ordination between private and public re-employment assistance for displaced workers, and avoiding that job displacement pushes older workers to the margins of the labour market.