Quality work contracts are possibleNearly 3,800 people have gained jobs through integrated employment contract projects (PIC), which promote quality jobs and aim to improve the professional skills and self-confidence of participants through personalised support and training courses. Nearly 950 people have taken part in these projects this year, which offer minimum 6-month contracts, monthly wages of 1,000 euros and a subsequent labour insertion rate of 54%.
Some 25% of people taking part in PICs live in the district of Nou Barris. The same district has also seen the fresh produce home delivery service set up and operated from the Mercat de Montserrat, delivering shopping to people in the neighbourhood who need it most. The programme is promoted by the Fundació Pare Manel and also includes the B-MINCOME pilot scheme to combat inequality in Barcelona’s most underprivileged areas.
PICs prioritise jobs and services of public and social interest which, apart from getting people into jobs, generate benefits for the whole city and improve quality of life for local people. Other initiatives include a project to improve cleanliness and maintenance in public spaces in the neighbourhood of Les Roquetes, an awareness campaign on responsible dog ownership in Nou Barris and participation in a census of empty flats in the city to boost the pool of social rented housing available.
The number of work contracts made is expected to be close to a thousand before the year is out. Of those who took part last year, 54% found work once their participation in the programme concluded. The profile of people on the programmes currently running is mainly of somebody over 40 years of age (70%), half of them women, and over 58% poorly qualified.
In keeping with the principles of the Barcelona employment strategy 2016-2020, all of the contracts on the programme last for a minimum of 6 months and offer wages of over 1,000 euros a month. They also guarantee gender equality and allow for compatibility between people’s working and family lives. Some contracts can last 12 months and are designed for people in irregular administrative situations or women who have suffered gender violence.
The PICs are funded by the Catalan Employment Service (SOC) and Barcelona Activa, the latter being responsible for running them. The employment contracts made are complemented with technical and professional training, work and safety courses, key skills and job seeking techniques, as well as advice to develop personal autonomy and enable participants to prosper in future recruitment processes.