Articles of Interest November 2020

In each edition of CLEW'd In we gather articles that have come to the Centre from our associates or publications to which we are subscribed. The following is a list of interesting articles and reports that have come to my attention in the last two months.

Statistics NZ COVID-19’s impact on women and work (media release, 4 Nov 2020)
Statistics NZ has published data showing women fared worse than men across key labour measures in the period March to September 2020 when COVID-19 alert measures impacted.

David G. Blanchflower and Alex Bryson from the Natonal Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge MA published two interesting papers relating to union membership: 
Union Membership peaks in midlife; and
Now Unions increase Job Satisfaction and Well-being.

National Skills Commission (Australia) August 2020 Emerging occupations: how new skills are changing Australian jobs The NSC has developed a data-driven approach to identify emerging occupations within Australia. By identifying emerging skills and looking at how these skills change existing jobs, they are able to identify emerging or new jobs in the labour market.

National Centre for Vocational Education Research (Australia), Traditional Trade Apprenticeships: experiences and outcomes. (2020)
This report is the final component of a broader study undertaken in three phases. It looks at the experiences of the traditional trade apprentice and in doing so focuses primarily on findings from the 2019 Apprentice and Trainee Experience and Destinations Survey, with data from the 2010 survey included, where relevant, to examine changes over time. The survey allows us to investigate the experiences and outcomes of apprentices who did and those who did not complete their traditional trade apprenticeship.

Male Champions of Change (2020), Disrupting the System: Preventing and responding to sexual harrassment in the workplace Male Champions of Change has prepared this report to guide more effective organisational approaches to preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. It has been developed by over 270 CEO and Board-level leaders over the past two years, inspired by the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, led by Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins.

The approach argues that the prevention of sexual harassment should be a key accountability for Boards, CEOs and Executive teams – akin to their occupational health and safety responsibilities. It also recommends people who experience sexual harassment be able to tell their story, in their own words, if and when they choose to.

Selected by Sue Ryall, Centre Manager, CLEW