What next? Addressing New Zealand's youth unemployment

Alan Johnson
Salvation Army Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit
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Salvation Army, Youth unemployment report.

This paper has six chapters, including a concluding section with five key recommendations.

Chapter 1 outlines the fortunes of younger workers in the job market since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). Chapter 2 considers the interaction of this group of New Zealanders with education and training.

Chapter 3 looks at changes in the wider labour market and the place workers under 25 years have found in this.

Chapter 4 partially sets out the nature and extent of educational inequality and considers the impact this has on youth unemployment and benefit dependency.

Chapter 5 analyses recent migration data and, in particular, the extent to which current immigration policy is paying regard to local labour market conditions. The final substantive chapter recaps earlier observations and draws from these a number of key policy challenges to which it offers some possible responses. 

The breadth of this paper—from labour markets, to education, welfare dependency and immigration—means it has been able to pay only cursory attention to complex policy areas. An attempt has been made to highlight the various challenges emerging from these policy areas in the hope of encouraging a broader public debate around what we must do to ensure every young New Zealander remains connected to the labour market and included within our wider society.

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Last updated: 2016-10-19