Projects - Employment and Labour Market

Support measures for long-term unemployed persons in selected European countries

Long-term unemployed persons represent a main target group of labour market policy as they entail various hampering factors with view to a reintegration at the labour market. On the one hand financial/social support has to be provided, on the other hand tailored measures have to be designed. In the framework of this study active and mainly passive support measures for long-term unemployed in selected European countries are analysed. These measures are compared with the Austrian support instruments.
On behalf of: Arbeitsmarktservice Österreich (AMS)
Expected completion: 2018
Contact: Eva Heckl

Inclusive entrepreneurship 2017

The study examines policies and programmes in the field of inclusive entrepreneurship (target groups: youth, women, seniors, unemployed, migrants and people with disabilities) in Europe. The Austrian Institute for SME Research is responsible for the country report Austria, as it was already in 2016.
On behalf of: OECD
Expected completion: 2017
Contact: Eva Heckl

Early-Intervention-Strategien und Ansätze in Deutschland - Good Practices und Empfehlungen für Österreich
Early Intervention strategies and measures in Germany

The situation on the labour market for specific population groups (low skilled persons, migrants, 50+, etc.) becomes more problematic. One of the political solutions is early intervention. To draft such measures effectively the study analyses early intervention measures in Germany and draws lessons learnt for Austria. Methods applied are literature and document analysis, expert interviews and case studies.
On behalf of: Public Employment Service Austria
Expected completion: 2017
Contact: Eva Heckl

Bedarfs- und Akzeptanzanalyse für den Bachelor-Studiengang „Wirtschaftsinformatik“ an der Fachhochschule Salzburg
Demand analysis for the bachelor programme “Business Informatics” at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences

The study comprises an ex-ante assessment of the overall demand for graduates of the projected study programme in the region by using secondary data, literature and interviews with enterprises / experts. In addition, the study includes an assessment of the acceptance / interest of potential students for the study programme.
On behalf of: Salzburg College of Higher Education
Completed: 2017/08
Contact: Christina Enichlmair

Regionales Fachkräfte-Screening Oberösterreich
Screening of regional skills demand and supply in Upper Austria

This project analyses and assesses the labour market situation and development (labour demand and supply) at the level of occupations and qualifications in the regions of Upper Austria. This is done based on an in-depth analysis of regionalized labour market and educational data, and regional focus groups. The results serve as a basis for policies and initiatives to improve matching on regional labour markets. Results are available at: http://www.arbeitsplatz-oberoesterreich.at/fachkraefte/fachkraefte-screening/
On behalf of: Business Upper Austria
Co-operation: ibw Austria - Research & Development in VET
Completed: 2017/01
Contact: Thomas Oberholzner

Einzelhandel – Quo Vadis?
Retail – quo vadis?

Retail trade is a main employer in Austria and also in Upper Austria. Every tenth employee in the Upper Austrian economy works in retail trade. Although there are structural changes, retail trade is (still) a stable employer. Trends and developments however indicate changes in retail trade with effects on the employment situation. Fundamental shifts in retail trade (keyword: internet retail trade) change the demands for the staff, and exactly these shifts and the high importance of retail trade as employer suggest a detailed discussion on the effects of central retail trade trends on the employment situation.
On behalf of: Arbeitsmarktservice Oberösterreich (AMS)
Completed: 2016/12
Contact: Eva Heckl

Inclusive entrepreneurship

The study examines policies and programmes in the field of inclusive entrepreneurship (target groups: youth, women, seniors, unemployed, migrants and people with disabilities) in Europe. The Austrian Institute for SME Research is responsible for the country report Austria.
On behalf of: OECD
Completed: 2016/10
Contact: Eva Heckl

IKT-Kompetenzen im Fokus der aktiven Arbeitsmarktpolitik
ICT-competences in the context of active labour market policy

In this study PIAAC-data concerning ICT-competences are analysed. Research activities and labour market concepts in Austria and selected countries are described as well as international labour market programmes and initiatives (good practices) to ameliorate these competences are identified.
On behalf of: Public Employment Service Austria (AMS)
Co-operation: Wiener Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Bildungsforschung (WIAB)
Completed: 2016/03
Contact: Eva Heckl

Job Creation in Born Global Enterprises

This project analyses case studies of start-ups or young enterprises which are oriented towards international markets from the very outset. The employment effects as well as the kinds of jobs created by these companies are of particular interest in this study.
On behalf of: Eurofound
Co-operation: IKEI (lead)
Completed: 2015/07
Contact: Thomas Oberholzner

Maßnahmen zur Verhinderung von Jugendarbeitslosigkeit in der Schweiz
Support measures against youth unemployment in Switzerland

Objectives of the study are the analysis of the employment situation of young people in Switzerland and the framework conditions at the labour market; the identification of good practices of support measures for young people at the labour market in Switzerland; and conclusions and lessons learnt for designing support measures for young people at the labour market in Austria.
On behalf of: Public Employment Service Austria
Completed: 2015/03
Contact: Eva Heckl

Public Employment Services and the use of company agreements and CSR
This discussion paper, supporting the European Commission’s mutual learning programme for public employment services (PES), investigates: (a) to which extent and how European PES use collaboration agreements with individual employers in pursuing their policy objectives; and (b) to which degree and how PES take advantage of and engage in social responsibility (CSR) concerns and measures of companies.
On behalf of: GHK Consulting Ltd (ICF GHK)
Completed: 2014/03
Contact: Thomas Oberholzner

Erfolg arbeitsmarktpolitischer Bildungsmaßnahmen (BM) - Angewandte Kriterien und Indikatoren am Beispiel Deutschland
Assessment of qualification measures in labour market policy – implemented criteria and indicators in Germany

The study analyses how success of qualification measures in labour market policy is defined in Germany and which indicators are used to assess the output/impact of such measures.
On behalf of: Public Employment Service Austria
Completed: 2013/12
Contact: Eva Heckl

Bedarfs- und Akzeptanzanalyse für den Bachelor-Studiengang „KMU-Management & Entrepreneurship“ der Fachhochschule Salzburg
Needs analysis for the Bachelor programme ‘SME Management & Entrepreneurship’ at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences

The research includes, first, an ex-ante assessment of the overall need for graduates of the study programme in the region and the required competence profiles. Second, the possible demand and interest by students in taking up the programme is being assessed.
On behalf of: Salzburg College of Higher Education
Completed: 2013/10
Contact: Thomas Oberholzner

Guidance in employers‘ age management strategies – supporting longer working lives of older workers

The study aims to investigate - across EU Member States - the strategies used by companies to support their older workers in order to keep them in employment as well as related incentives and support provided at the policy level. There is a focus on strategies based on guidance and lifelong learning.
On behalf of: CEDEFOP
Co-operation: Panteia B.V. (lead)
Completed: 2013/07
Contact: Thomas Oberholzner

Creation and development of jobs in care and support services for people with disabilities or health problems

Aim of the study is to examine job creation and retention in the social care sector, describing the current situation and highlighting good practices in developing both the numbers and quality of the care workforce. The study focuses on workers delivering community care services for persons with disabilities and/or chronic health problems below retirement age that promote social and economic integration.
On behalf of: Panteia B.V. (lead)
Completed: 2013/06
Contact: Eva Heckl

Development of a Statistical Information System for the Gender Equality Index (GEI)

The objective of the project is the development of a statistical information system which covers all available statistical information, data and related meta-information with view to gender equality in the European Union. The SIS will set the basis for creating the Gender Equality Index (GEI).
On behalf of: European Institute for Gender Equality
Co-operation: EIM (Lead), Civitta, Irene Pimminger
Completed: 2012/12
Contact: Eva Heckl

Beschäftigungseffekte der Wohnbau- und Gebäudesanierungsförderung in Niederösterreich
Employment effects of subsidized housing and renovation in Lower Austria

Analysis of economic and regional effects of different funding frameworks for housing and renovation in Lower Austria, especially in view of employment effects in the construction economy and the derivation of strategies to secure and stabilise employment in the construction sector.
On behalf of: State Government of Lower Austria
Co-operation: FGW Forschungsgesellschaft für Wohnen, Bauen und Planen (lead)
Completed: 2012/12
Contact: Thomas Oberholzner

The use of validation by enterprises for human resource and career development purposes

The study investigates the use of competence measurement and assessment among European enterprises. The focus is on the purposes of skills assessment, the methods used and the quality of results obtained. The research is primarily based on surveys and case studies in 10 European countries.
On behalf of: CEDEFOP
Co-operation: Oxford Research A/S and other ENSR partners
Completed: 2012/11
Contact: Thomas Oberholzner

Follow-up of the CER/ETF Joint Recommendations “Better Representation and Integration of Women in the Railway Sector”. Implementation – Evaluation - Review

Scientific support for a European social dialogue project of the social partners in the railway sector for the better integration of women in the sector will be provided. It includes the analysis of the representation of women in the railway sector, the identification and assessment of measures to promote women and the drafting of recommendations to further promote the integration of women.
On behalf of: European Transport Workers' Federation
Completed: 2012/06
Contact: Eva Heckl