Employability, Poverty and the Spheres of Sociability - Evidence from the British Household Panel Survey

Jesus Canduela, Colin Lindsay, Robert Raeside, Helen Graham

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    Policymakers in the UK and beyond have sought to promote interventions to encourage social
    capital-building among disadvantaged groups. One specific concern is that those with limited access
    to social capital/social network relationships will be at greater risk of experiencing both unemployment and poverty. By analyzing longitudinal data from the British Household Panel Survey
    (BHPS), we seek to identify significant relationships between poverty and the likelihood of entering
    employment, and different measures of ‘sociability’ and social isolation. Crucially, we discuss if and
    how measures of sociability/social isolation are associated with jobseekers’ varying chances of
    exiting and re-entering work and how this varies with their experience of poverty. These issues are
    important because if sociability impacts on the likelihood of entering employment from a state of
    worklessness, then policymakers need to understand how cycles of social and labour market exclusion
    are associated with the rates of entering employment in order to develop effective interventions to
    improve jobseekers’ employability and combat poverty. Following an analysis of BHPS data, we
    identify lessons for policy for combating long-term unemployment and promoting social inclusion.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)571-592
    JournalSocial Policy and Administration
    Issue number5
    Early online date1 Sept 2014
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2015


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