What affects

job prospects?

What will enable socially vulnerable clients to obtain employment? Front-line caseworkers and administrators in the public employment services throughout many European countries ask this question, as well as the question of how most successfully to assist clients in finding work.

The Employability Indicator Project (BIP) brings some of the answers to these questions into the light. BIP is the most comprehensive study, nationally, as well as internationally, that measures progression towards the labour market for socially vulnerable recipients of social assistance benefits.

Reading through our new publication in English ‘What affects job prospects?’, you will gain insight into the most significant findings from the BIP project. These include the following three conclusions:


  • Supporting clients in getting a job involves actively working with their performance on some essential indicators of job readiness: the clients’ ability to cope with any health challenges, the clients’ determination and confidence in getting a job, the clients’ knowledge about the labour market as well as their job search behaviour, and the clients’ cooperation skills.


  • Only job-oriented reintegration activities prove to be effective in creating progress towards employment. However, if a client participates in a job-oriented activity combined with an upgrading or health-related activity, the influence on the client’s development is much better.


  • The mind-set underlying the professional approach to the clients has a direct impact on the job prospects of the clients. Clients whose caseworker has an optimistic approach, have a job probability that is 32% higher than clients whose caseworker has a pessimistic approach.

Please contact project manager Charlotte Liebak Hansen, if you have questions about BIP:

Charlotte Liebak Hansen, mobile +45 2888 1366, e-mail chh@vaeksthus.dk

What affects job prospects?


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