Rising global unemployment numbers, declining job security and squeezed wages. Employment is undergoing some fundamental changes in different parts of the world over the last years. Policies regarding jobs and employment are therefore back on the political agenda. A significant part of the working world is poor and/or has an unstable and insecure job. Just generating economic growth, encouraging more competition, and investing in education does not create more and better jobs.
Furthermore, the current economic model intensifies the mismatch between the skills of the people and the skills needed in flourishing economic sectors, which cannot be solved solely with education and skill-building approaches.
So, what kind of work are we actually creating, and how much? What should employees or independent workers earn and get in return for their labour? What is the effect of globalization on employment? To answer these questions, more than an economic analysis is needed; power structures, political economy, international relations and social aspects all have to be taken into account as well.
With this Employment Dossier, The Broker analyzes the trends and various aspects of current changes of employment from a multidisciplinary and global perspective. Here, you will find an introduction to all articles of the dossier. We hope you enjoy reading and invite you to participate in the debate.
- Clarifying the global employment trends – Evert-jan Quak, Annemarie van de Vijsel (10 March 2014)
- Small but powerful – Josefine Ulbrich (09 March 2015)
- Creating jobs at the heart of economic policy – Annemarie van de Vijsel (05 March 2015)
- Low wages and job insecurity as a destructive global standard – Evert-jan Quak, Annemarie van de Vijsel (26 November 2014)
- Looking beyond success stories – Klaartje Jaspers (13 November 2014)
- Doing business in Africa: do the poor profit? – Annemarie van de Vijsel (12 November 2014)
- Let investment work for employment – Evert-jan Quak, Annemarie van de Vijsel (21 May 2014)
- Asia’s raising rural wages – Steve Wiggins, Sharada Keats (26 November 2014)
- ”Youth power”: cashing in on Africa’s demographic dividend – Rob Vos (24 November 2014)
- High stakes: African asylum seeker entrepreneurs in Israel – Ilana Pinshaw (28 October 2014)
- Why reducing inequality is an economic imperative – Stewart Lansley (27 October 2014)
- The rise of finance undermines employment growth – Ken-Hou Lin (14 October 2014)
- The pervasive and unfair costs of trade on workers -Íñigo Verduzco Gallo (29 September 2014)
- Breaking the metal ceiling, one enterprise at a time – Fransisco Campos (28 January 2015)
- The trouble with enterprise groups – Jacqueline Vrancken (21 January 2015)
- Making entrepreneurship training work – Tonia Dabwe (22 December 2014)
- Small enterprises: little do we know – Fransisco Campos (18 December 2014)
- Breaking the paradox of education – Patrick M. Nga Ndjobo (12 December 2014)
- Skills, training and youth entrepreneurship in Africa – Zuzana Brixiova (04 December 2014)
- Focus on employment in economic strategies – Evert-jan Quak (12 March 2014)
- Resources on employment – the Broker (05 March 2014)