Thematic Areas

Labour Market and Employment Policy

Supporting SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth)

Labour markets are confronted with particular challenges that cannot be met by just a few institutions on their own. These challenges are, for instance, the concentration of unemployment in certain target groups, gender segregation on the labour market, or shifts between industries, economic sectors, and regions.

One of ZSI's foci lies in advising on how to best build up partnerships, and how to develop innovative employment policies in order to improve the labour market conditions. Reference projects include, for instance, the format of the Co-ordination Unit of Territorial Employment Pacts (TEPs) in Austria, and the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance.

Typically, projects focus on

  • innovative employment policies
  • cross-policy interventions (actions set up at the interface of the labour market and social policy, i.e. linking employment with education and health)
  • new forms of work
  • local governance implemented by partnerships
  • the consequences and results of international migration on employment
  • the ageing society and work
  • other issues of social integration versus exclusion

Our projects are characterised by their methodological variety, ranging from policy advice in partnership building to network coordination and research. We also evaluate programmes and projects in the field of labour market policy, and apply, and even further develop, specific methods such as peer reviews.

Our contracting authorities comprise General Directorates of the European Commission such as DG Employment, as well as OECD LEED, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, and others.

Contact person: Dr. habil. Ursula Holtgrewe

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