Colombia has made major economic and social advances in recent years. The combination of strong economic growth and policies targeted at the most vulnerable groups improved considerably the living standards of the Colombian population. Today, the country enjoys higher employment and labour force participation rates than the average of OECD countries and unemployment is steadily declining. Nevertheless, despite these positive trends, deep structural problems remain. Labour informality is widespread, the rate of self-employment is high and many employees have non-regular contracts. Income inequality is higher than in any OECD country and redistribution through taxes and benefits is almost negligible. In addition, half a century of internal conflict and violence has displaced a significant part of the population, and many of them are living in extreme poverty. Despite considerable progress, violence continues to be a challenge and also affects trade union members and leaders. The Colombian Government has undertaken important reforms in recent years to address these labour market and social challenges, and the efforts are gradually paying off. However, further progress is needed to enhance the quality of jobs and well-being for all. The main trust of this report is to support the Colombian Government in tackling labour market duality, generate trust between the social partners, develop inclusive and active social policies, and get the most out of international migration.
The Missing Entrepreneurs 2015 is the third edition in a series of annual reports that provide data and policy analysis on inclusive entrepreneurship. Inclusive entrepreneurship involves business start-up and self-employment activities that contribute to social inclusion as well as to economic growth, covering entrepreneurship activities by social groups such as youth, women, seniors, immigrants and the unemployed.
The report contains data on the scale and scope of entrepreneurship and self-employment activities across EU Member States by social target groups, as well as the barriers they face. The report also contains special thematic chapters on supporting growth for entrepreneurs from disadvantaged and under-represented groups, effective coaching and mentoring, and the role of public procurement in supporting inclusive entrepreneurship. Each thematic chapter discusses current policy issues and challenges, and makes recommendations for EU policy makers. The report also provides inspiring policy-practice examples from each of the 28 EU Members.
Given the ageing challenges, there is an increasing pressure in OECD countries to promote longer working lives. This report provides an overview of policy initiatives implemented in Denmark over the past decade. Even if these recent reforms are well in line with the recommendations of the 2005 OECD report Ageing and Employment Policies: Denmark, the focus has been put mainly on the supply side. The aim of this new report is to identify what more could be done to promote longer working lives. As a first step, the government should assess closely the implementation process to ensure that the expected outcomes of the reforms are achieved. More broadly, the strategy should act simultaneously in three areas by: i) strengthening incentives to carry on working; ii) tackling employment barriers on the side of employers; and iii) improving the employability of older workers.
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. This report on Austria is the eighth in a series of reports looking at how the broader education, health, social and labour market policy challenges identified in Sick on the Job? Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work (OECD, 2012) are being tackled in a number of OECD countries. It concludes that the Austrian system provides good opportunities in principle for improving labour market inclusion of people with mental ill-health but that structural fragmentation of responsibilities limits the means of the federal government to develop coherent health and work policies. Successful structural reform requires including a range of actors responsible for policy implementation to achieve coordination across institutions and better integrated service delivery.
Dans un nouveau rapport, l’OCDE indique que l’Autriche doit faire davantage pour aider les personnes présentant des troubles de la santé mentale à trouver un emploi ou à rester sur le marché du travail.
The fact remains that robots have persistently failed to imitate the most human of skills, such empathy, teamwork, relationship building, etc. While technology may be reducing the demand for some routine skills, it is simultaneously increasing the demand for more difficult-to-automate social skills.
L’édition 2015 des Perspectives de l’emploi de l’OCDE propose un examen approfondi de l’évolution récente du marché du travail et de ses perspectives à court terme dans les pays de l'OCDE. Une majorité croissante de pays ont recours à des systèmes de salaire minimum afin d’augmenter les revenus dans la partie inférieure de la distribution des salaires. S’il est fixé à un niveau adéquat, un salaire minimum obligatoire permet effectivement d’accroître les revenus des bas salaires, mais c’est un instrument trop générique pour lutter contre la pauvreté, à moins qu’il ne soit efficacement associé à d’autres mesures telles que des prestations liées à l’exercice d’un emploi ou des crédits d’impôt. De nouveaux résultats tirés de l’Enquête internationale de l’OCDE sur les compétences des adultes montrent que les différences de niveau d’inégalité entre les pays en matière de qualifications, le degré d’utilisation des compétences au travail et les avantages salariaux liés aux compétences expliquent pour une large part les écarts de niveau d’inégalités salariales à l’échelle internationale. Des politiques d’activation peuvent contribuer à créer un marché du travail plus inclusif, pour autant que les mesures prises pour motiver les demandeurs d’emploi, améliorer leur employabilité et élargir leurs perspectives d’emploi soient bien coordonnées. L’évaluation à plus long terme de la qualité des emplois montre dans quelle mesure les mouvements ascendants et descendants sur l’échelle des revenus et les mouvements entre emploi et chômage atténuent à tout moment certains des écarts de revenu. Cependant, les risques de chômage chronique et de salaire faible sont extrêmement concentrés. La qualité des emplois dans les économies émergentes est particulièrement faible, mais des politiques visant à faire passer les actifs d’un emploi informel à un emploi formel peuvent contribuer à l’améliorer.
Why are workers mismatched in the first place? Many, if not most, students choose a field of study based on what they want to become and do to earn a living. Yet almost four in ten workers end up doing something unrelated. This is sometimes by choice but not always.
La croissance des CUM dans la zone OCDE reste stable à 0.1% au second trimestre de 2015
Apprenticeships provide opportunities to build up new skills and knowledge both on and off the job. When they are of high quality, apprenticeships promote a smoother transition from school to work for young people, giving them a good start to their working careers.