Job carving and job crafting

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Job carving and job crafting can be effective strategies to overcome the challenges of labour market integration of people facing multiple barriers, in particular the long-term unemployed. This paper gives an overview of these strategies, presents promising practices and sets out recommendations for future measures, also in the context of ESF interventions.

This paper was produced as an output of the ESF Employment Thematic Network, a network of the European Social Fund (ESF) Transnational Platform (on behalf of AEIDL) by order of the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. It aims to raise awareness and promote job carving and job crafting activities within the EU. It provides insights into current actions of ESF Managing Authorities and their partner organisations that aim to provide holistic support to employers, employees and unemployed people during job carving and/or job crafting activities. Promising practices applied within the EU are presented and recommendations drawn for future activities within the ESF. Examples include the need for guidance and mainstreaming of the approach within EU Member States as a promising European Social Fund theme.