TITLE

THE LONGER-TERM EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES OF PEOPLE WHO MOVE FROM A BENEFIT TO WORK

AUTHOR(S)
Dixon, Sylvia; Crichton, Sarah
PUB. DATE
July 2007
SOURCE
Social Policy Journal of New Zealand;Jul2007, Issue 31, p137
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports results from a study that used Linked Employer-Employee Data (LEED) to examine the longer-term employment outcomes of people who moved from a government income support benefit to employment during 2001/02. The study population was observed for two years before and after the benefit-to-work transition. The study described short-term and longer-term employment retention rates and earnings growth patterns, and compared the outcomes of the benefit-to-work study population with those of non-beneficiaries who began a job in the same year. It also investigated some of the factors that are associated with more or less ‘successful’ outcomes, including personal characteristics, prior employment experiences, the timing and nature of the benefit-to-work transition, and the characteristics of post-transition employers. Employment retention rates were found to be moderately high in the two-year follow-up period, but at any given time around one-third of those with jobs were earning less than $1,500 a month, indicating that they probably were not employed full-time or for a full month. Jobs also tended to be short in duration. More than half of the study group returned to a benefit during the follow-up period.
ACCESSION #
26399811

 

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