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Connecting people with jobs: Activation policies in the UK- launch of a major OECD Report

Connecting people with jobs: Activation policies in the UK- launch of a major OECD Report

Tuesday, 15 July 2014
14:00 - 16:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London SW1 0AD


•Stuart Adam, Senior Research Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies
•Ian Brinkley, Chief Economist- The Work Foundation
•David Grubb Employment Analysis and Policy Division, OECD
•Mark Keese, Head of Division, Employment Analysis and Policy, OECD
• Kristine Langenbucher, Employment Analysis and Policy Division, OECD
•Dave Simmonds, Chief Executive of the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion

Giving people better opportunities to participate actively in the labour market improves well-being. It also helps countries to cope with rapid population ageing by mobilising more fully each country’s potential labour resources. However, weak labour market attachment of some groups in society reflects a range of barriers to working or moving up the jobs ladder.

The report 'Connecting People with Jobs: Activation Policies in the United Kingdom' is the first country study to be published in a new OECD series of activation policies, which will provide an analysis and assessment of how well activation policies in selected OECD countries are performing in fostering more inclusive labour markets that help all groups in society to move into productive and rewarding jobs.

The United Kingdom has been at the forefront of efforts by OECD countries to transform and modernise their labour market policies, bringing inactive benefit recipients into the workforce and encouraging and helping the unemployed to find work. Two major new initiatives were put forward recently, including the Universal Credit and the Work Programme. While it will take time to bed down and for a full evaluation of their impact to be carried out, this new OECD report identifies a number of areas where consideration should be given to additional measures or adjustments to existing ones.

This event included both a press launch to bring the key findings and recommendations to the attention of the broadcast and print media and a seminar to discuss the UK report.

Read the blog by Kate Summers


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