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    Activation and Active Ageing? Mature-Age Jobseekers' Experience of Employment Services


    Bowman, Dina and McGann, Michael and Kimberley, Helen and Biggs, Simon (2016) Activation and Active Ageing? Mature-Age Jobseekers' Experience of Employment Services. Social Policy and Society, 15 (4). pp. 647-658. ISSN 1474-7464

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    Abstract

    The number of mature-age Australians registered with employment services is growing, with mature-age jobseekers spending longer unemployed and on income support than younger jobseekers. However, the role of employment services in extending working lives has so far received little attention in policy discourses on ageing and employment. This article examines the effectiveness of Australia's employment services system in supporting mature-age jobseekers, drawing upon interviews conducted as part of wider research on unemployment and underemployment in mature-age. We find that the overriding experience among mature-age jobseekers’ is of a system that exudes ‘carelessness’. We situate mature-age jobseekers’ experiences of systemic carelessness within the context of wider welfare reforms that have contributed to the de-professionalisation and routinisation of employment services’ delivery.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Bowman, D., McGann, M., Kimberley, H., & Biggs, S. (2016). Activation and Active Ageing? Mature-Age Jobseekers' Experience of Employment Services. Social Policy and Society, 15(4), 647-658. doi:10.1017/S1474746416000245
    Keywords: older workers; employment services; unemployment; income support;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > National Centre for Geocomputation, NCG
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 14660
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746416000245
    Depositing User: Michael McGann
    Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2021 15:51
    Journal or Publication Title: Social Policy and Society
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Refereed: Yes
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