OECD Newsletter on Employment, Migration, Health and Social Affairs




Within the OECD, the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS) works on the following subjects: employment, health, migration and social issues. The newsletter is published quarterly (in English only) and focuses on new and ongoing projects, recent publications and upcoming events. It is updated regularly and is accessible online


Mark Pearson 
Mark Pearson has been appointed new Deputy Director of the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs. Prior to his new responsibilities, Mark was Head of the Health Division from 2009 to 2013.

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Mr. Pearson
 will work with the Director to provide leadership in the co-ordination and management of the activities of the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs and ensure that it is at the forefront of the international social and employment agenda. He will be closely involved in identifying challenges and developing ways in which the OECD can help economies foster comprehensive, effective and innovative employment and social policies to promote inclusive and sustainable growth, high employment rates - including of women and youth - and address issues of poverty and social exclusion.

 SOCIAL ISSUES                                                                           HEALTH
 Society at a Glance 2014 has been released 18 March 2014. It gives an overview of social trends and policy developments in OECD countries and selected non-member countries using social indicators taken from the OECD and other sources (migration, unemployment, income inequality, health expenditure, life satisfaction, etc.). Its main message is that “Income inequality and social divisions could worsen and become entrenched unless governments act quickly to boost support for the most vulnerable in society".
Chapter 1 has a special focus on "The crisis and its aftermath”: “Governments need to put in place more effective social policies to help their citizens deal with future crises. They also need to avoid complacency and persevere in their reform efforts as the recovery takes hold.” 
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Despite the enormous burden that mental ill-health imposes on individuals, their families, society, health systems and the economy, mental health care remains a neglected area of health policy in too many countries.

Descriptive profiles of mental health systems in Australia, England, Finland, France, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Scotland and Sweden are to be published shortly as Health Working Papers. They provide easily comprehensible, highly informative accounts of the mental health systems in OECD countries, and highlight how countries are promoting better mental health. A comparative analysis of mental health policies Making Mental Health Count, will be published in June 2014, and addresses the high cost of mental illness, the organisation of care, changes and future directions for the mental health workforce, indicators for mental health care and quality, and tools for better governance of the system.

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March on Gender, A month of events to mark Internatinal Women's Day: 
March 8
 marks International Women’s Day. The OECD Gender Data Portal which monitors evidence and policy developments around the world has been updated. It is an interactive tool to see how countries compare in their quest to close the gender gap in education, employment and entrepreneurship.
Matching Economic Migration with Labour Market Needs: EU-OECD Conference held in Brussels on 24-25 February 2014
The objective of the conference was to bring together policy makers, social partners as well as researchers to exchange views on how EU and other OECD countries can adapt their employment, education and migration policies to the challenges of ageing, integration and future labour market needs. 
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Immigration in OECD Countries: Economic recession and migration 
The conference held on Friday 6 December 2013 was jointly organised by the OECD, the French Research Center in International Economics (CEPII) and its Club, the research team Equippe of the University of Lille, the Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti, the University of Luxemburg and IRES (Université Catholique de Louvain).
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Coping with Emigration in Baltic and East European Countries
The Baltic countries have experienced sustained emigration over the past decade, contributing to population decline and a loss of working-age population. The impact of this emigration is felt strongly in the labour market, the general economy and in social developments. 
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Options for an Irish Youth Guarantee
In May 2013, all OECD governments agreed to take a comprehensive range of measures to improve employment prospects for youth as set out in the OECD Action Plan for Youth: Giving Youth a Better Start in the Labour Market. In this context, the Irish Government requested the advice of the OECD in implementing a Youth Guarantee scheme as recommended by the Council of the European Union in April 2013.

Investing in Youth: Brazil
The report analyses the youth labour market and education system in Brazil. It highlights innovative measures that Brazil has taken to strengthen the skills of youth and their job prospects, and offers recommendations to improve school to work transitions. Read more

G20-EC-OECD Conference: Quality Apprenticeships for Giving Youth a Better Start in the Labour Market (9 April 2014) 
Building upon the work of the G20 Task Force on Employment and by the European Commission, OECD and ILO, the primary objective of this one-day conference is to take stock of the progress countries have made in tackling poor labour market outcomes for youth and the role that apprenticeships can play in improving these outcomes. Read more

OECD Skills Outlook 2013
This first OECD Skills Outlook presents the initial results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), which evaluates the skills of adults in 24 countries.  Read more

The 2012 Labour Market Reform in Spain: A preliminary assessment
This report provides an initial evaluation of the comprehensive reform of the Spanish labour market undertaken in 2012. Read more

 Society at a Glance 2014

This is the seventh edition of Society at a Glance, the OECD overview of social indicators. This report addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its trends. It updates some of the indicators included in the previous editions published since 2001 and introduces several new ones. The report features a special chapter on the social impact of the recent crisis.

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 Pensions at a Glance 2013

This comprehensive examination of pension systems in OECD and selected non-OECD countries looks at recent trends in retirement and working at older ages, evolving life expectancy, design of pension systems, pension entitlements, and private pensions before providing a series of country profiles. Read more

Read about Pensions at a Glance Asia/Pacific

 Mental Health and Work:

- Switzerland
- United Kingdom

Mental Health and Work: United Kingdom

Tackling mental ill-health of the working-age population is becoming a key issue for labour market and social policies in OECD countries. OECD governments increasingly recognise that policy has a major role to play in keeping people with mental ill-health in employment or bringing those outside of the labour market back to it, and in preventing mental illness. 

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Working Better with Age


The transition from employment to retirement comes especially early and poses problems for many older workers.
France ranks nearly last among OECD countries for the effective retirement age. In 2012, this was estimated at 59.7 for men and 60.0 for women, versus respective averages of 64.2 and 63.3 across the OECD area as a whole.

Read more about Ageing and Employment Policies

View all Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers 
and Health Working Papers

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