Employers’ attitudes towards long-term unemployed people and the role of activation in Switzerland

TitleEmployers’ attitudes towards long-term unemployed people and the role of activation in Switzerland
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBonoli, G
JournalInternational Journal of Social Welfare
Volume2014
Issue23
Pagination421-430
ISSN1369-6866
Keywordsactivation, employers, long term unemployed, recruitment activation, statistical discrimination
Abstract

Over the last few years, most OECD countries have extended their activation policy to new groups of non-working people, including the long term unemployed (LTU). However, it is widely known that LTU people tend to be regarded as potentially problematic persons by employers. This is likely to constitute a major obstacle for long term unemployed jobseekers. On the basis of a survey among employers in a Swiss canton (N=722), this paper aims to shed some light on the perception employers have of the long term unemployed and whether this may matter for their recruitment practices. It also asks what, from the employer point of view, may facilitate access to employment for a LTU person. Key findings: Large companies have a worse image of the long term unemployed and are less likely to hire them. Independent of company size, a test period or the recommendation of a trustworthy person are seen as the factors most likely to facilitate access to jobs for LTU people.

DOI10.1111/ijsw.12086
Refereed DesignationRefereed