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Digital Skills in Manufacturing – Australia is falling behind in its digital competiveness and education and training report says

While every attempt has been made to identify research on specific digital skills needed in manufacturing and related industries, this review has identified that (a) there is little research available on specific digital skills in these industries and (b) even research aimed at identifying the impact of digital changes to manufacturing processes tends to identify … Continue reading

NEETs in Australia – Young parents, carers, and those who did not finish high school are more likely

Among youth, young parents, carers, and those who did not finish high school are more likely to be NEET and have higher average welfare costs, meaning initiatives that focus on these segments could have outsized benefits. Referring to the graph below, note that where young people fall into multiple cohorts, they were allocated to one … Continue reading

Temporary Migrant Workers in Australia – The taskforce report on wage exploitation

The Migrant Workers’ Taskforce was established as part of the Government’s response to the revelation of significant wage underpayments in certain industry sectors. There was much publicity concerning 7-Eleven franchisees, but demonstrably the problem was more widespread. We had been closely involved in the 7-Eleven issue having been appointed by the company to conduct independently … Continue reading

Employing Older Workers in Australia – A Human Rights Commission’s report

This report is based on a survey of AHRI members conducted in July – August 2018 in association with the Australian Human Rights Commission. Similar surveys were conducted in 2012 and 2014 by AHRI. A majority (63 per cent) of respondents classify an older worker as 61 years of age or older, an upwards shift … Continue reading

Demand-Driven Immigration – The case of Australia

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at OECD iLibrary | Recruiting Immigrant Workers: Australia 2018

Talent Gap in Startups in Australia – Some highly-skilled positions serve as bottlenecks for growth

Talent is an important part of any business. For tech businesses, where high value products are created almost exclusively from human intellectual capital, talent is particularly critical. A shortage of talent therefore risks severely limiting growth in any emerging tech sector. People  with the skills and experience necessary to rapidly grow a startup from a … Continue reading

Basic Skills in Australia – 99 per cent of employers are affected in some way by low levels of literacy and numeracy in their workforce

A new report released today by the Australian Industry Group has identified critical skill issues facing Australian businesses with 75 per cent of employers reporting skill shortages and 99 per cent are impacted by low levels of literacy and numeracy. These significant findings from the Australian Industry Group’s 2018 Workforce Development Needs Survey Report come … Continue reading

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and VET – The case of Australia

Much discussion has occurred about the impact that technological disruption will have on the Australian workforce. A recent paper by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Skilling for tomorrow (Payton 2017), examines the various ways by which the growth in technological advance is reshaping the labour market, workforce and jobs.Despite uncertainty about the … Continue reading

Unemployed Older Workers in Australia – Employers are cautious about candidates referred by public employment services – especially mature age jobseekers

Australia’s publicly funded employment services are not working particularly well for mature age jobseekers. The rate of long-term unemployment among those aged over 45 is relatively high. In a changed labour market and with an ageing population, understanding the attitudes and needs of employers is vital to assisting unemployed older Australians get and keep jobs. … Continue reading

Immigration in Australia – Locally-led migration strategies to better meet rural labour needs

In 151 regional LGAs across the country, the numbers of overseas-born residents are increasing, while the number of Australian-born residents is decreasing. The vast majority (113) of these 151 LGAs are rural. Population loss means there are still labour shortages in many rural areas. More needs to be done to enable rural communities to attract … Continue reading

Immigration – Points-based admission is less effective than the employer sponsored program research finds

This paper has examined the causal relationship between earnings and high skilled migration inflows under two central selective policies: employer sponsored admission and the points- tested scheme. We attempted to isolate the endogeneity by instrumenting average local area worker earnings with time series variations in global commodity prices, interacting with cross-sectional variation in the commodity … Continue reading

Immigration in Australia – Unions and business alliance oppose cuts

In a rare alliance, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Australian Industry Group and a suite of national peak bodies have said they collectively “affirm that Australia’s permanent migration program is essential to Australian society and economy and do not support any reduction to the scheme”. “Our permanent migration program has been central to … Continue reading

The Future of Work in Australia – The critical imperative is to ensure that workers – particularly low- skilled men – can access retraining and education opportunities

This sixth report in BCEC’s Focus on the States series looks at the changing nature of employment, the quality of work, and considers the role of technology in the jobs of the future. The report also sheds light on patterns of employment and hours worked across industry sectors, and brings empirical evidence to bear on … Continue reading

University-Educated Immigrants in Australia, Canada, and the US – Performance advantage in US

Recent years have seen a push in the U.S. and in a number of European countries, including the U.K. and Germany, for governments to adopt `point systems’ for screening prospective immigrants on human capital criteria. The appeal of a `points system’ reflects not only concerns about the potential adverse effects of unskilled migrant flows on … Continue reading

Skilled Immigration in Australia – The great majority of those visaed in the skill program are professionals, an increasing share of whom hold occupations that are oversupplied

As vexations flowing from record high net overseas migration mount, supporters of the permanent entry program have had to dig deeper to defend it. These supporters include the Treasury and the Reserve Bank as well as business and property interests. They say that any major cut to the migration program would put in jeopardy Australia’s … Continue reading

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