This Thematic Network aims at:
* Doing conceptual and methodological work to construct and integrate existing data on low-wage employment.
* Determining the feasibility of common indicators of low-wage employment in relation to social exclusion.
* Establishing the need for a special European database on low-wage employment and social exclusion.
* Contributing to innovating the analysis of low-wage employment problems as a two-sided phenomenon, it being a mechanism of social exclusion and a labour market process at the same time.
* Establishing a "Contact on Low-wage Employment" operating a "light" data-base on low-wage employment research containing information on on-going research on the subject as well as the activities of the Network.
* Giving an overview of policy responses to the problems of low-wage employment paying particular attention to the possible advantages of concerted actions.
The network will involve organisations that do practical work in the field (users) with the aim of developing a close cooperation in matters of policy analysis, seeking maximum reinforcement of the Network's contributions on policies to prevent and combat social exclusion, Drawing in more researchers active in the field in order to stimulate scientific debate on data, analysis and policy with regard to low-wage employment and social exclusion, particularly in Member countries not yet covered. The following persons already agreed to act as an observer of the Network : Ana Cardoso (Universidade do Minho, P), Antje Mertens (Humboldt University, Berlin), Brian Nolan (Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin), Ronald Schettkat (Wissenschaftszentrum, Berlin), Véronique Sandoval (DARES, Paris).
A new study of available data on low-wage employment will be undertaken by way of state-of-the-art reporting. It will be focused on:
* The social and demographic concentration of low-wage employment among the low-skilled, age/sex-groups and private households, and its significance in terms of social exclusion.
* The economic concentration and significance of low-wage employment, in sectors of the economy and in types of jobs (e.g. atypical employment).
* National and European developments in low-wage employment.
Close cooperation between researchers in different countries and the possible replication of research from one country in another will be used as means to innovate the analysis of low-wage employment.
The activities will be structured in a programming of three periods subsequently centring on data, analysis and policy with a sequence of a seminar and a conference on each subject.
Three seminars will be organized:
* 5-6 July 96 - Seminar on Data, Oxford
* December 96 - Seminar on Analysis
* December 97 - Seminar on Policy
The outcomes will be presented at the corresponding conferences, where also invited speakers will be present to comment upon the results and/or present their own views.
These conferences will be organized in:
* October 96 = "Conference on Developments in low-wage employment".
* January 97 = "Conference on Developments in Low-wage Employment"
* April 97 = "Conference on Analysis"
* April 98 = "Conference on Policy"
Funding SchemeTHN - Thematic network contracts
6200 MD Maastricht
OX1 3UL Oxford
AB24 3QY Aberdeen