What is a skill shortage?


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Author: Richardson, Sue

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National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)


The vocational education and training (VET) system has an important role to play in assisting with the smooth matching of the skills wanted by employers with the skills offered by workers. This report aims to clarify the term ‘skill shortage’ and to explain how skill shortages can be resolved naturally by market forces. It also provides some guidance on determining when a skill shortage requires public-policy intervention. It is a component of a research program in which the evolving labour market and changing work organisation and management in the context of the VET sector are examined...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Research; Policy; Skills and knowledge; Labour market; Governance; Employment

Keywords: Research project; Government policy; Skill shortage; Education and training system; Employers

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 2007

Physical description: 30 p.

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ISBN: 9781921170317

Statement of responsibility: Sue Richardson

This report is part of a suite of research projects entitled ‘A well-skilled future: tailoring VET to the emerging labour market’ conducted by a consortium of researchers from the National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS) and the Centre for Post-compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning (CPELL).

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 88.09

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