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YOUNG SCOTS PROSPECT...
Author: SCOTSMAN.COMTitle: YOUNG SCOTS PROSPECT
Date: 2013-05-19 09:08:07Uploaded by: Archie
A GENERATION of educated young Scots is being condemned to a life of low-paid, unstable jobs that will damage both their prospects and that of the country, a leading think tank has claimed.

A report for the Scotland Institute – The Changing Face Of Youth Unemployment In Scotland 1992 To 2012 – found that while young people from disadvantaged backgrounds continue to suffer most from unemployment, the most significant change in work opportunities was for 16 to 24-year-olds who do have jobs.

Over the past two decades, youth employment has gone from being characterised as consisting of stable, relatively well-paid work with career prospects to short-term, part-time, poorly paid work with limited long-term prospects, the report says.

Although Westminster governments have contributed to the problem, the Scottish Government must do more to address the impact, as its current response is “ineffective”, it adds.

This has led to the average amount of hours worked per week by young Scots decreasing from 35 in 1992 to 29 now.

Report author Dr Roger Cook, the research director at the institute, said: “Twenty years of sustained removal of employment protection and the casualisation of work has created a situation where young people are becoming trapped in low-paid work with limited longer-term opportunities.

“Youth employment in 1992 was characterised by full-time, stable and relatively well-paid work, and in 2012 was marked by temporary and part-time work. This is the conscious outcome of an approach to the labour market over 20 years that has stressed flexibility and ignored the impact of this on people’s working lives or standard of living.”



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