Quality work on the fringes

Possibilities for recovery

A successful CEDAH (Central Database of Available Hours) improves labor market fringes. That boosts employment, growth, and quality of life.

 

A local labor market

Projecting precise outcomes of a CEDAH launch is difficult; we have so little starting-point data. But if launch is successful, some broad themes should be seen:

  • Economic growth: More people are working in the legitimate economy. Businesses are able to grow, flex and retract with much less dislocation.
  • Inclusion: Individuals with complex lives who can’t commit to regular hours can access the labor market, and move upwards.
  • New models of support: Targeted interventions, Peer Navigators, micro-credentials; schemes like this become more precise and easier to administer.
  • Data: A murky part of the workforce becomes clear. Individuals can see and align with opportunities. Companies can see skills needs.
  • Accountability: Instead of remote global brands intermediating local transactions, and extracting large fees, the market is locally controlled by democratically accountable bodies.

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In this section:

→  Job creation: Incremental hiring, putting workers on an on-ramp, new retention tools.

→  Training: Atomized, responsive learning, new sources of funding, best-use-of-time.

→  Safety net: Flexi-curity, guaranteed work, more humane application of rules.

→  Childcare and other services: Responsive, coset-effective, support from regular workers.

→  Supporting business growth: Growing businesses cautiously, improved labor alignment.

 

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