Skill shortage and underutilization of educated immigrants in the Australian labour market: A paradox

Mahmud, Sharmin, Alam, Quamrul and Härtel Charmine E.J. (2008) Skill shortage and underutilization of educated immigrants in the Australian labour market: A paradox. European Journal of Management, 8 2: 155-167.

Author Mahmud, Sharmin
Alam, Quamrul
Härtel Charmine E.J.
Title Skill shortage and underutilization of educated immigrants in the Australian labour market: A paradox
Journal name European Journal of Management
ISSN 1555-4015
Publication date 2008-05-22
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 8
Issue 2
Start page 155
End page 167
Total pages 13
Place of publication Tula, Russian Federation
Publisher International Academy of Management
Abstract Australia brings educated immigrants from different countries to bridge the gaps of acute skill shortage. It is argued that after coming to Australia, skilled and educated immigrants are not being properly utilized in the workforce. They are facing labour market disadvantages in various forms of unemployment, underpayment and deskilling. This paper identifies that the individual contextual human capital like English language ability, local credentials and experience are the main difficulties for proper integration into the labour market. Other than the individual attributes, this paper explores that successful integration may be shaped by organizational practices, in some cases discrimination by employers contributes to the devaluation of immigrants. The government policies also have a crucial role to minimize the underutilization of educated immigrants who come to support the knowledge-based economy of Australia.
Keyword Skill shortages
Skilled immigrants
Human capital
Underutilization
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
 
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