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Employers' perspectives on benefit conditionality in the UK and Denmark

Ingold, Jo 2020, Employers' perspectives on benefit conditionality in the UK and Denmark, Social Policy and Administration, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 236-249, doi: 10.1111/spol.12552.

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Title Employers' perspectives on benefit conditionality in the UK and Denmark
Author(s) Ingold, JoORCID iD for Ingold, Jo orcid.org/0000-0001-8088-8262
Journal name Social Policy and Administration
Volume number 54
Issue number 2
Start page 236
End page 249
Total pages 14
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Hoboken, N.J.
Publication date 2020-03
ISSN 0144-5596
1467-9515
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Development Studies
Public Administration
Social Issues
Social Work
active labour market policy
conditionality
employers
public employment service
LABOR-MARKET
ACTIVATION
AGENCIES
WORK
Summary This article examines the under‐explored demand‐side of active labour market policies (ALMPs). Based on interview data from a comparative study of the UK and Denmark, the paper analyses employers' perspectives and experiences of ALMPs. In both countries, employers were favourably disposed towards employing unemployed jobseekers but held negative views on conditionality. First, benefit conditionality led to employers receiving large numbers of unsuitable and unfiltered job applications, with associated negative resource impacts. Second, employers perceived this as a product of ‘box ticking' and compliance targets. Finally, employers criticised policy and media rhetoric for focusing solely on the supply‐side and for problematizing unemployed candidates. The paper argues that these crucial, but neglected, employer perspectives demonstrate that the current benefit conditionality regime in the UK risks irrevocably ‘tarnishing' candidates, which undermines, rather than enhances, their chances of securing employment through ALMPs. This unique dataset provides further evidence that the current direction of policy requires urgent and radical re‐thinking.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/spol.12552
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1605 Policy and Administration
1606 Political Science
1608 Sociology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2020, The Author
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30141629

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