Going nowhere? Rural youth labour market opportunities and obstacles

Culliney, Martin (2014) Going nowhere? Rural youth labour market opportunities and obstacles. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 22 (1). pp. 45-58. ISSN 1759-8273

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This paper compares rural and urban youth employment prospects, based on semi-structured
interviews with 41 young people in England, and British Household Panel Survey data (2007/8).
Rural location brings distinct labour market disadvantages for young people. Personal networks are
pivotal for securing employment and lacking such contacts is a problem in rural areas. Unadvertised
job vacancies and the relative absence of big business are also obstacles for rural youth, as is
inability to relocate. Although opportunities are scarcer in rural areas, some individuals aspire to
work in uniquely rural occupations even if the work is low-skilled and without promotion prospects.

Keywords:rural, young people, unemployment, qualitative, NotOAChecked
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:19 Mar 2014 15:27

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