Former benefits recipient Lorraine Worrall now runs a market stall.
A TV series that gives families on benefits a lump sum of £26,000 shows how starting your own business can transform your life.
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The UK government's U-turn on a national insurance increase for self-employed people exposes the flaws in its approach to building a stronger and more inclusive economy.
Western Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan on the campaign trail.
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In the lead up to the state election, Western Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan said WA has the highest unemployment rate in Australia. Is that correct?
Leader of South Africa’s opposition parties and civil society took part in an anti-corruption march against the government.
South Africa’s social compact is at breaking point and the country may need a dialogue similar to its 1994 political transition talks to get out of the crisis.
The shift to part-time employment in the labour force has been going on for a long time now.
Uncertainty about energy prices and political dithering on company tax rates point to businesses waiting before investing heavily.
President Jacob Zuma during his 2017 state of the nation address to a joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces.
President Zuma's speech is historically meaningless in that it is not a milestone of any professed historical mission.
A significant number of young South Africans struggle to find jobs.
While South Africa's youth unemployment is a structural matter, the country must find ways to alleviate the challenges in the short-term.
Settling well in Australia often takes time for people from migrant backgrounds.
Labour force data actually shows that, after an initial period of relatively high unemployment, employment rates among migrant communities eventually reach parity with the rest of the population.
We could soon head into another volatile period.
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Brexit and Trump pave the way for more financial market uncertainty.
Labour force surveys and the Census just aren’t getting it right when it comes to the crucial task of measuring employment.
The ABS' labour force survey is more than 50 years old. We need a new way of measuring employment for a new modes of work.
Government ministers have defended Centrelink’s debt recovery processes as ‘working’ following an ongoing controversy.
Centrelink's debt recovery problems reflect an over-simplistic application of policy to the complexity of workers’ lives in a flexible labour market.
The government was forced to respond to John Hewson’s plan.
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Blindsided by John Hewson's policy platform, the Keating government scrambled to come up with solutions to the "recession we had to have".
How does Australia’s economic growth shape up against the G7 countries?
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Ahead of the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, minister for defence industries Christopher Pyne said a lot of jobs were created in 2016 and Australia has the highest growth rate in the G7. Is that true?
Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison will deliver the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook next week.
The US Fed meets expectations for a rate cut, Australia's unemployment rate heads upwards again, and all eyes look to the mid year budget update.
Job seekers wait for employers searching for casual labour on the streets of Cape Town.
South Africa's proposed national minimum wage must not be seen as a solution for all the country's economic problems but as a floor to protect the most vulnerable workers.
A mining truck drives off in the Pilbara.
Western Australia posted enviable growth numbers for a long time. But the trend is now going the wrong way, and unless something is done soon there will be difficult times ahead.
The 8 million illegal workers currently in the US workforce contribute to US output, mainly in low-skilled jobs.
Many US voters appear to believe that deporting illegal immigrants would boost job opportunities and wages for US workers. But economic modelling suggests different conclusions.
Members of the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa protesting against youth unemployment.
South Africa's problem is that its constitution is a perfect brochure of the nation it aspires to be. But the contractors entrusted with its future have an entirely different project in mind.
A police officer escorts migrants from a train at Hyllie station outside Malmo.
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Job prospects are not good for newly arrived refugees in Sweden. But better integration programmes will help.
The majority of 457 visa holders are skilled workers.
Business Briefing: breaking down the 457 visa myths.
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Policies targeting the 457 visa workers scheme aren't going to improve the employment prospects for low skilled workers and Australia's unemployed, an expert says.