There is No Longer a Standard Employment Model

In advanced economies employment is becoming less stable while those in developing economies are focusing on public policies, which stimulates the growth of informality and, paradoxically, unemployment.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


"It's the economy, stupid."
We will use the now famous phrase coined during Bill Clinton campaign against George Bush, to highlight the paternalistic voluntarism which is fashionable in most of the countries of the region, the only effect it has is to marginalize the formal production economy for more and more people, with an impoverishing final effect. Globalization requires more and more competition, which can only be achieved with maximum flexibility using all resources, including human ones. This, which in itself is inhumane, is a reality that should not be overlooked in the definition and implementation of public employment policies, if they are to be successful and sustainable.

From the executive summary of a report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) Social Perspectives and Employment Prospects in the world in 2015:

"The employment relationship is becoming less safe ... which is contributing to the reduction of demand and of production and the increase in inequality ... and represents major challenges for policies and institutions that have been established based upon the standard employment model. "

"Because of this transformation in employment relations, policies are needed to expand and develop the coverage of social protection and labor regulation ... we must adapt to these different forms of employment."

"Global supply chains can contribute to economic growth, but the quality of employment and improvement of social conditions requires extra effort."

See full report (in English): World Employment and Social Outlook 2015: The changing nature of jobs

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