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18 juni 2013

INSPIRES welcomes a new member

Andreas Jansen working for the University of Duisburg-Essen is the new member of the INSPIRES team. He will work on Work-Package 2 led by Matthias Knuth. For familiarization we briefly interviewed him. 

Why do you want to contribute to the INSPIRES project?
Since my diploma thesis in 2005 that dealt with the rising low pay sector in Germany and the subsequent question, if a national minimum wage would be a viable option to improve the income and living conditions of these low pay workers, vulnerable groups on the labour market are one of my key concerns in research and teaching. One main finding of my former diploma thesis was, that the introduction of a decent national minimum wage is without a doubt a necessary step within a wider making-work-pay strategy to improve the labour market and living conditions of vulnerable groups. However, the minimum wage as well as the wider making-work-pay approaches are only one part of an, still missing all-encompassing and integrated political strategy that addresses all the structural and individual problems of people who belong to one or more vulnerable groups on the labour market.  Accordingly I'am very keen to participate in the INSPIRES project and think, that it is a very important project on the way to an all-encompassing political strategy to improve the labour market situation and thus the living conditions of vulnerable groups.
What have you done in the past? 
Since 2006 I have been working as research assistant at the Institute for Work, Skills and Training as well as the Institute of Sociology at the University Duisburg-Essen. In this period my research was mainly focused on older workers, the transition from work to retirement and the changing character of the European pension systems. 

What will be your function within INSPIRES?
First of all I will assist Matthias Knuth in preparing the German benchmark report and in conducting the fieldwork. In addition I will work with quantitative data in order to get some deeper understanding of the working conditions of people who belong to one ore more vulnerable groups on the labour market before, while and (perhaps) after the economic crisis.

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