“For European Public Employment Services business will never be ‘business as usual’ anymore. As recent years painfully made clear, rapid and massive changes are increasingly occurring on the labour market. Moreover, the social function of Public Employment Services is changing. Today, they have to transform into ‘work-focused gateways to welfare systems’”. PES 2020 Strategy Output Paper
Public Employment Services
This pathbreaking volume offers a thorough and nuanced picture of the intended strategic reorientation laid down in the common strategy endorsed by all European Public Employment Services in order to contribute to the overall EU 2020 Strategy. Starting from the importance of Transitional Labour Market theory for employment services, it highlights the challenges and describes the changes in the role and function of Public Employment Services. It discusses the strategic capabilities that Public Employment Services need to acquire in order to reinvent themselves.
Presented in a professional-friendly way, ‘Building Bridges’ also helps to unravel Public Employment Services’ starting points and gaps that need to be bridged. It advocates connecting and being connected with all stakeholders, actors, job-seekers and employers within the labour market ecosystem.
Theory and practice
Written from the perspective of policy makers and academic researchers, it manages to be highly relevant to practitioners working in or engaged with Public Employment Services, as well as academics and students of labour economics, social policy and public administration.