People finishing tertiary education can now expect to take 4.7 years on average to find full-time work.
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Young people's transition to work is prolonged and highly precarious. An entry-level job becomes a career, savings become subsistence, weekend shifts become lifelines. It doesn't have to be this way.
Young people without work in 2009.
Despite economic hardships, young people haven't been pushed into crime. But can we trust the data?
It’s not the quantity but quality of jobs on offer to young people that deserves further attention.
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The current discussion about youth unemployment overlooks some nuances of the data that should be helping shape policy.
Unemployed South Africans wait for work outside a factory gate in downtown Johannesburg. A wage subsidy could help reduce the numbers by offering opportunities to school leavers.
South Africa's unemployment figures have been stubbornly high over the past two decades. One policy measure that could help alleviate the pressure is a youth wage subsidy.
The new precariat.
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Many young people are part of the precariat – in low-paid insecure work.
Good news for the young unemployed.
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A coalition of companies including Starbucks and Walmart plan to help 100,000 young people jumpstart their careers. It's a good start, but much more needs to be done.
Clamour for change.
Massive youth unemployment and a legal system left over from dictatorship days are still holding Tunisia back.
There are a lot fewer workers on the assembly line today. And it’s not just car manufacturing that has seen jobs lost to automation.
If you leaving school today to embark on a career, what should you study to protect your job from automation and outsourcing?
Nigerian youth celebrate presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari’s victory. Youth unemployment will continue to threaten the continent’s growth.
How realistic are expectations about Africa’s economic prospects? There are several reasons why we should be both optimistic and cautious about the continent's future economic performance.
New thinking the way to job creation for people in the 21st century.
The more we automate jobs, the more we need to find new jobs for people, especially if the government wants us to stay in the workforce longer. That's going to take some clever thinking.
Despite increases in education attainment, the educated youth in sub-Saharan Africa find that there are no jobs suited to their levels of education.
School enrolment rates in sub-Saharan Africa have increased markedly in recent years, but it is failing its newly educated young by not creating jobs commensurate with their education.
Youth unemployment is on the rise, while wages have been falling below average.
New research shows there's no evidence to justify blaming high youth unemployment on high wages.
Miliband’s skills policy: a pathway to a career, or a dead end?
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Labour should be commended for its commitment to high-quality apprenticeships, but it's hard to say if the party's policies are part of a pathway, or a dead end.
Young people take a keen interest in key policy areas such as climate change – the main problem is a lack of government engagement with them on such intergenerational issues.
Lack of youth involvement in politics is often attributed to lack of interest. But my research indicates the bigger barrier is government capacity to listen to and work with young people’s views.
There are still many reasons workers and shop owners avoid Sunday trading.
Employer groups are hoping a new deal on penalty rates will set a precedent, but the voices of young workers are missing from the debate.
The demand for jobs among Australia’s young people is far outstripping supply.
We need different solutions to help Australia's unemployed young people get on a pathway towards working or learning.
Australia is experiencing a baby ‘boom’, with 13% more babies born between 2003 and 2012 than in the previous decade.
Releasing Australia’s fourth Intergenerational Report, Joe Hockey described it as the “social compact between generations”, which would help “identify where the future opportunities will be” and “unlock…
Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten are united in condemning violence against women and children, but both overlook the young people who are victims too.
Responses to family violence by Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten and the terms of reference for Victoria's royal commission fail to mention young people. Such a lack of recognition has dire consequences.
Not a clear solution to young people’s problems.
Conservative and Labour proposals for young jobseekers have different rhetoric, but both miss the point.
If charities spend all their time quantifying their work, they won’t be able to do it.
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The goal of youth-centred charities is to provide a public benefit by helping and caring for young people in a variety of ways. The public, government, and funders should do their best to support these…