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Transport to and from where job opportunities are is a high barrier for young people from poor families. Shutterstock

What could help young people find jobs in South Africa?

A fast growing economy that creates jobs will not automatically reduce youth unemployment due to systemic barriers faced by young people, including skills shortages and malfunctioning labour markets.
Workers’ falling share of national income is helping to fuel the trade union campaign to ‘change the rules’. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

To tackle inequality, we must start in the labour market

While government payments and programs go some way to reducing inequality, the transformation of the labour market and its institutions has cut workers' share of the pie to historic lows.
Gig platforms don’t have a large share of the labour market yet. Mavis Wong

Australian jobs aren’t becoming less secure

There is very little evidence that overall labour market insecurity is getting any worse. Trends are stable for rates of casualisation, churn, self-employment and multiple job holders.
While the federal government promotes the employment of older people through the jobactive network, in practice it’s not working well for them. Australian Government/jobactive

Employment services aren’t working for older jobseekers, jobactive staff or employers

A two-year study finds dissatisfaction with current arrangements, but also identifies small changes that can make a big difference in helping to find suitable jobs for older workers.
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Why are Britain’s jobcentres disappearing?

A long read on the decimation of British jobcentres – and why it puts the rollout of Universal Credit at risk.
Since 2001, the proportion of full-time workers who believe they will not be with their current employer has been stable at about 7.5%; and the rate for part-time workers has decreased from 15.5 to 12.6%. Dave Hunt/AAP

Workers are actually feeling less insecure in their jobs

Data show that people don't feel more insecure in their jobs now. In fact, that feeling is decreasing.

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