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Connecting People with Jobs: The Labour Market, Activation Policies and Disadvantaged Workers in Slovenia

Published on October 28, 2016

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Giving people better opportunities to participate actively in the labour market improves well-being. It also helps countries to cope with rapid population ageing by mobilising more fully each country’s potential labour resources. However, weak labour market attachment of some groups in society reflects a range of barriers to working or moving up the jobs ladder. This report on Slovenia is the second country study published in a series of reports looking into how activation policies can encourage greater labour market participation of all groups in society with a special focus on the most disadvantaged. Labour market and activation policies are well developed in Slovenia. However, the global financial crisis hit Slovenia hard and revealed some structural weaknesses in the system, which have contributed to a high level of long-term unemployment and low employment rates for some groups. This report on Slovenia therefore focuses on activation policies to improve labour market outcomes for four groups: long-term unemployed people; low-skilled workers; older workers; and workers who were made or are at risk of becoming displaced. There is room to improve policies through promoting longer working lives and through enabling the Employment Service and related institutions to help more harder-to-place jobseekers back into employment.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Key labour market outcomes in Slovenia: Tackling some long-standing issues
Opportunities: The Slovenian labour market and policy environment
Assuring work motivation and work incentives in the Slovenian benefit system
Investing in the employability of jobseekers in Slovenia
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