IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Login to save this article or follow this journal

Points of Comparison between Australia’s Job Network and the Dutch Market for Reintegration Services

  • David Grubb



The Netherlands is the only country other than Australia where publicly-financed employment services for disadvantaged jobseekers are now primarily executed by contracted providers operating in a quasi-competitive market. Focusing on Dutch employment services for unemployment insurance (UI) beneficiaries and Australian arrangements for the second and third Job Network contract periods, this article compares the history of quasi-competitive provision, the bodies that purchase employment services, tendering procedures, jobseeker target groups, the duration of contracts, market entry and exit, and market structures. Ongoing management of contracts, links with other government programmes, outcome and other fees paid to providers, performance measurement and general system evaluation are also considered. The potential for different arrangements to improve labour market outcomes is discussed in terms of three main criteria: do the arrangements allow market forces to determine the amount and type of services that are delivered to jobseekers? are the incentives under which providers operate such as to favour socially optimal outcomes? is the quasi-market jobseeker counselling function linked with unemployment benefits and labour market programmes well enough to allow coordination and a substantial impact from the market-driven elements?

To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
1. Check below under "Related research" whether another version of this item is available online.
2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.

Article provided by Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School in its journal Australian Journal of Labour Economics.

Volume (Year): 6 (2003)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 357-370

in new window

Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:6:y:2003:i:2:p:357-370
Contact details of provider: Web page:

More information through EDIRC

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:6:y:2003:i:2:p:357-370. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Alan Duncan)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.