Why might the closer co-operation of labour market service and social service providers be cost-effective?


While only 5-10 percent of minimum income beneficiaries tends find a substantive job in a year, there are three cost-effective ways to increase this. 

First - our study found -, raising co-operation between the providers of benefits, those of labour market services and of social services to a sufficient level yields large gains. Second, providing subsidized child-care to those parents taking up full-time jobs boosts their re-employment chances substantively. Third, providing more intensive job counselling can be cost effective in some scenarios.

The study is the result of a collaboration between Ecorys and BI.