LABOUR MARKET EQUITY
The nature of work is rapidly changing and some groups fare better than others in this dynamic labour market. Young people often struggle to get a first job and for those who have time out of the labour force it’s often hard to find another job.
Workers in low-paid, insecure jobs frequently move in and out of work or are caught in dead-end jobs. Some groups are unable to get a foothold in work and as a result are effectively locked out of the labour market.
Our research examines the lived experience of labour market disadvantage and analyses secondary data to understand trends. We study pathways into and out of work to identify the factors that help or hinder people to get, keep and advance in employment. We also investigate what is needed to foster inclusive employment and identify useful labour market interventions.
Existing policy responses to workforce age discrimination tend to focus on the role of employers in providing opportunities for older Australians. This research project by contrast focuses on employment services.
The same study has produced a website that contains stories of mature age job seekers, explains how work has changed and provides online tools to support job seeking.
Current and recent work
MATURE AGE WORKERS
By 2060, nearly half of Australians aged 64 or older will be employed. Failure to address their health problems could threaten Australia’s economy, tax base and health and care services.
This study examined mature aged people's lived experience, pathways and outcomes of involuntary non-participation or underparticipation in paid work.