Are new deal employment initiatives on target? Evidence from job search success in local labour markets.

McQuaid, Ronald W, Greig, Malcolm and Adams, John (2004) Are new deal employment initiatives on target? Evidence from job search success in local labour markets. International Journal of Manpower, 25 (5). pp. 392-410. ISSN 0143 7720

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This paper tests the appropriateness of government employment policies in targeting specific groups of unemployed job seekers in the UK. A sample of 169 job seekers is divided into those who were successful and unsuccessful in finding employment and the attributes of each group is analysed. A factor analysis of these attributes is carried out in order to develop typical profiles of unsuccessful job seekers and these profiles are compared with current policy target groups. The findings show that high levels of accumulated human and financial capital, non-metropolitan residence and accessibility to centres of employment have a positive impact on job search success. This casts doubt on the appropriateness of using socio-demographic and local area characteristics to select job seekers for assistance, when other factors appear to have more bearing on job search success. The only current policy target group fully justified by this study is the long-term unemployed, who had a significantly lower chance of finding unemployment.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0143 7720
Electronic ISSN: 1758-6577
Uncontrolled Keywords: Jobs; Scotland; Target audience; Unemployment;
University Divisions/Research Centres: The Business School > School of Management and Law
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 304 Factors affecting social behavior
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
Library of Congress Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Item ID: 2132
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 15 May 2008 11:01
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2014 12:31

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