Skill shortages: prevalence, causes, remedies and consequences for Australian businesses


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Author: Healy, Josh; Mavromaras, Kostas G.; Sloane, Peter J.


Despite the attention paid to skill shortages, the evidence used to evaluate their incidence and the causes and responses by firms remains thin. This report aims to improve understanding of the causes of skill shortages, the way businesses respond and the short-term consequences of skill shortages. Responses from small- and medium-sized businesses reveal that skill shortages matter, but that their relationship to firm performance differs according to the nature of the skill shortage. The findings confirm that skill shortages are a complex labour market phenomenon and give rise to complex...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Labour market; Research; Industry

Keywords: Skill shortage; Small and medium enterprise; Business

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 2012

Physical description: 68 p.

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ISBN: 9781921955907

ISSN: 1837-0659

Statement of responsibility: Joshua Healy, Kostas Mavromaras, Peter J. Sloane

This publication was originally released on 20 February 2012. It was revised and reissued on 22 March 2012.

Resource type: Report

Document number: TD/TNC 106.04

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