Security in flexible labour market

Julija Moskvina, Daiva Skučienė

Abstract


The concept of flexicurity is a relevant topic of discussion across Europe. Prospects for the practical implementation of flexicurity have been recently considered in Lithuania.
The objective of this paper is to analyse the existing security possibilities in a flexible labour market on the grounds of certain social benefits. The paper presents the results of a 2008 study initiated by the Ministry of Social Security and Labour.
The main methods used were document analysis and secondary statistical analysis. The study concludes that national governments, attempting to implement measures of flexicurity, face the problem of having no conceptual basis for the said model. In Lithuania, only sickness and maternity benefits provide high income security and enhance employability. Other benefits, such as unemployment benefits, old age and disability pensions and social assistance benefits cannot sufficiently prevent movement into poverty. They do not stimulate employability and do not match the principles of flexicurity.

Keywords


flexicurity; income security; level of security; social insurance; social assistance

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"Social Work" ISSN online 2029-2775 / ISSN print 1648-4789