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Wage Growth Slowdown in Australia – The extent and causes

A range of measures show a significant slowing in wage growth in Australia over the past five years. The Wage Price Index (WPI) grew at an annual average of 2.2 per cent in the five years to December 2018, which compares with average annual growth of 3.3 per cent in the previous five years to … Continue reading

Future of Work and VET in Australia – Needs to be a significant upgrade toward a modern, applied and fast-paced alternative to classroom-based learning

On 28 November 2018, the Prime Minister announced an independent review of Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector to examine ways to deliver skilled workers for a stronger economy. The review was led by the Honourable Steven Joyce, a former New Zealand Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. Mr Joyce delivered the final … Continue reading

Future of Employment Services in Australia – A report on stakeholders views

In July 2018, the Department of Jobs and Small Business (the Department) commissioned the Social Research Centre to review and analyse the submissions received in response to the Discussion Paper, ‘The Next Generation of Employment Services’ which was released for public comment in late June 2018. Over 450 responses were received from individuals, employment service … Continue reading

Future of Work in Australia – A literature review

The impact of globalisation is expected to increase as digital technologies increasingly enable the movement of labour virtually (Baldwin, 2018). We are seeing teleworking becoming mainstream, the rise of the ‘digital nomad’ where a person can work from anywhere in the world, and contingent employment models (Roos and Shroff, 2017). These changes will influence where … Continue reading

Australia – Review of the Qualifications Framework

The AQF The AQF puts senior secondary school, vocational education and training (VET) and higher education qualifications into a single, national framework. Ithas played an important role in the quality assurance of Australia’s well-regarded tertiary education system and sets out the nature and purpose of senior secondary education. The AQF is used to assist recognition … Continue reading

The Future of Work and Creative Skills In Australia – Grew at around double the rate of other occupations between 2011 and 2016

New technologies are having, and will continue to have, a pervasive effect on the future of work. As a consequence, employment in digital-intensive industries has more than doubled over the past 30 years. However, the effects are broader than just these industries. The majority of employment growth over that period has been in occupations that … Continue reading

Generation Z in Australia – School, work, living arrangements the skills of 17-year-old (infographic)

This infographic provides a snapshot of the lives of 17-year-old Australians in relation to school, work, living arrangements and the skills future workplaces will require. We use the latest LSAY data from those who were 17-years-old in 2017 to look at the group of young Australians who will transition from school to a world of … Continue reading

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

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