Influence of work–welfare cycling and labour market segmentation on employment histories of young long-term unemployed

McTier, Alexander and McGregor, Alan (2018) Influence of work–welfare cycling and labour market segmentation on employment histories of young long-term unemployed. Work, Employment and Society, 32 (1). pp. 20-37. ISSN 0950-0170

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    Abstract

    The onset of the 'Great Recession' from 2008 was associated with a significant increase in long-term unemployment among young people. Work–welfare cycling has been put forward as a contributory factor. Drawing on a large-scale survey of long-term unemployed young people, this article argues that segmented labour market theory provides a strong explanatory framework for understanding the nature of long-term unemployment among young people, with the literature on work–welfare cycling contributing to an understanding of one of the processes by which precarious employment impacts on employability and labour supply. A second key finding is the heterogeneous nature of the young long-term unemployed, which in turn requires policy responses more customized to the needs of the different groups.

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    McTier, Alexander ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3639-5214 and McGregor, Alan;