Reactivate: Employment opportunities for economically inactive people

Report
Updated
31 October 2017
Published
31 October 2017
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Executive summary in 22 languages

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Abstract

Employment policies tend to focus on unemployed people, but evidence indicates that many people who are economically inactive also have labour market potential. This report examines groups within the inactive population that find it difficult to enter or re-enter the labour market and explores the reasons why. It maps the characteristics and living conditions of these groups, discusses their willingness to work and examines the barriers that prevent them from doing so. The report also looks at strategies being implemented by Member States to promote the inclusion of those outside the labour market. It highlights that many inactive people would like to work in some capacity, particularly students and homemakers. Stressing the importance of focusing on the specific needs of the inactive population in designing and implementing effective strategies for their labour market integration, the report argues that Member States should fully implement the 2008 European Commission Recommendation on the active inclusion of people excluded from the labour market. An executive summary is available - see Related content.

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    78
    Reference No: 
    EF1728
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1612-3
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-04-17-806-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/8719
    Catalogue info

    Reactivate: Employment opportunities for economically inactive people

    Employment policies tend to focus on unemployed people, but evidence indicates that many people who are economically inactive also have labour market potential. This report examines groups within the inactive population that find it difficult to enter or re-enter the labour market and explores the reasons why.

    Available formats

  • Executive summary

    Reference No: 
    EF17281
    Catalogue info

    Reactivate: Employment opportunities for economically inactive people - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    To achieve the Europe 2020 targets on employment and poverty, it is important that policies focus not only on those who are unemployed but also on those who are economically inactive. People are economically inactive, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO) definition, if they are not working, not seeking work and/or not available for work. While unemployed people are relatively well-studied and the principal target of many employment strategies, this is less the case for the inactive population. Recent efforts in some Member States, however, show that groups within this population have labour market potential as well. The objectives of this report are twofold: to examine the groups within the inactive population that are finding it difficult to enter or re-enter the labour market and why; and to investigate the strategies that Member States are implementing to promote the inclusion of those outside the labour market. Read more in the report - see Related content.

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