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The sustainable employment policy agenda: What role for employers?


  • David McCollum



This article focuses on the sustainable employment policy agenda and the role that employers can play in promoting more sustainable transitions from welfare into work. Moving into work has conventionally been regarded as a remedy to labour market exclusion. However, these transitions often do not lead to sustained employment, with many people persistently cycling between work and welfare. Some contemporary measures are now attempting to place a greater emphasis on not just getting people into jobs but also sustaining them in them. Simultaneously there has been a shift towards getting employers ‘on board’ in the design and delivery of welfare programmes. This analysis uses interview data from employers and service providers in Glasgow and Dundee to investigate these issues. The key line of argument developed is that employer participation in the provision of welfare services can create a ‘win-win-win’ situation for jobseekers, employers and service providers. However, significant barriers exist to effective partnership working.

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  • David McCollum, 2012. "The sustainable employment policy agenda: What role for employers?," Local Economy, London South Bank University, vol. 27(5-6), pages 529-540, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:loceco:v:27:y:2012:i:5-6:p:529-540

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