Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
I utkanten av arbetets marknad: ESF-projekt i ett arbetsmarknads- och arbetsmiljöperspektiv
Institutionen för ekonomisk historia, Uppsala universitet.
2011 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this study, European Social Fund (ESF) projects for “increased labour supply” have been analysed from a broad labour market and work environment perspective. The projects should, according their commission, be an area for the development of methods and cooperation for the inclusion of unemployed people in working life. However, this area also represents a place of work and a work environment that must function properly to generate innovative and sustainable solutions for social inclusion and cohesion. The work within the projects is also influenced by several other coherent factors, such as the cofinancing system, the recruitment of participants and their health condition. The aim of the projects is also to prepare the participants for the transition into working life. In principle, the labour market can be approached from two different perspectives: an individual or a collective perspective. Or, to be more to the point: should the individual participants “sell” themselves on the labour market or should they primarily be prepared to act on the basis of their collective rights and obligations?

A key finding in the study is that the system for co-financing, which is based on the individual participant, is a structural problem for the projects – a “Catch 22”. If a participant leaves the project, for example if he/she gets a job, the project will lose the co-financing related to this person. The system presupposes established contacts and routines between the projects and the social authorities that provide them with participants, but this dialogue is not always present. In fact, recruiting participants is a problem for many projects, despite high unemployment among the target groups. These conditions may also increase competition between the projects and thus impede cooperation and networking. The conclusion is that the state needs to radically change the system for co-financing. Moreover, this study indicates that the projects need to pay more attention to work environment issues, including the localisation of the projects, to prevent them from being isolated “islands” in society. A vital debate on work environment and other labour market issues is also necessary to prepare the participants for their entry into the labour market. Essentially, the participants need to be more prepared to act on the basis of their collective rights and obligations as employees, as is laid down in labour law and collective agreements. The individual-oriented perspective is necessary to encourage the participants to approach the labour market again and to actively seek jobs or education. However, if the purpose is sustainable solutions for their inclusion into the labour market, the participants also need to know their collective rights and value as employees, as well as how to express their demands in working life.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2011. , 67 p.
Temagruppen integration i arbetslivet, 2011:3
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-74346OAI: diva2:483247
Available from: 2012-01-25 Created: 2012-01-25 Last updated: 2016-03-10Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

I utkanten av arbetets marknad: ESF-projekt i ett arbetsmarknads- och arbetsmiljöperspektiv(993 kB)196 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 993 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Thörnquist, Annette
Social Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 196 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 17112 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link