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Connecting People with Jobs: The Labour Market, Activation Policies and Disadvantaged Workers in Slovenia

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Giving people better opportunities to participate actively in the labour market improves well-being. It also helps countries to cope with rapid population ageing by mobilising more fully each country’s potential labour resources. However, weak labour market attachment of some groups in society reflects a range of barriers to working or moving up the jobs ladder. This report on Slovenia is the second country study published in a series of reports looking into how activation policies can encourage greater labour market participation of all groups in society with a special focus on the most disadvantaged. Labour market and activation policies are well developed in Slovenia. However, the global financial crisis hit Slovenia hard and revealed some structural weaknesses in the system, which have contributed to a high level of long-term unemployment and low employment rates for some groups. This report on Slovenia therefore focuses on activation policies to improve labour market outcomes for four groups: long-term unemployed people; low-skilled workers; older workers; and workers who were made or are at risk of becoming displaced. There is room to improve policies through promoting longer working lives and through enabling the Employment Service and related institutions to help more harder-to-place jobseekers back into employment.

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Investing in the employability of jobseekers in Slovenia

The Employment Service of Slovenia (ESS) is a well-functioning and modern public employment service with a strong focus on job placement. It has established a strong role as a job-broker by offering extensive recruitment services to employers. Just like employment services in many other OECD countries, it invested in user-friendly e-services with the aim to increase service availability and accessibility for both jobseekers and employers. The ESS has a large and diverse client base and only around a quarter of the unemployed are not registered with the ESS. Despite all those strengths, a number of challenges prevail, holding back re-employment for more people and at an earlier stage. Also, as the ESS does not administer the income-replacement benefits of all of its clients, the activation of jobseekers appears inconsistent in some circumstances. This chapter identifies a number of areas where consideration should be given to additional measures or adjustments to existing ones and a co-ordinated approach to activation by all actors involved.

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