Mismatches in skills and attributes of immigrants and problems with workplace integration: a study of IT and engineering professionals in Australia

Mahmud, Sharmin, Alam, Quamrul and Hartel, Charmine (2014) Mismatches in skills and attributes of immigrants and problems with workplace integration: a study of IT and engineering professionals in Australia. Human Resource Management Journal, 24 3: 339-354. doi:10.1111/1748-8583.12026


Author Mahmud, Sharmin
Alam, Quamrul
Hartel, Charmine
Title Mismatches in skills and attributes of immigrants and problems with workplace integration: a study of IT and engineering professionals in Australia
Journal name Human Resource Management Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1748-8583
0954-5395
Publication date 2014-07
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1748-8583.12026
Open Access Status
Volume 24
Issue 3
Start page 339
End page 354
Total pages 16
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract This article examines the mismatches between supply of skills and attributes of immigrants and the demands of employers that influence workplace integration of skilled immigrants in Australia. It argues that, despite being skilled, immigrants still cannot meet the requirements of employers in doing their jobs effectively. There are mismatches, which happen mainly in the aspects of English proficiency, qualification and culture. The study followed a qualitative research design taking skilled immigrants from IT and engineering professional backgrounds and their employers in Australia as the interviewees. The results confirm that the workplace integration of immigrants is not only affected by the inherent capacities of immigrants, but the mindset of employers and their perception towards immigrants' overall qualities also manipulate the process. The results are, however, indicative only, as the study is confined to IT and engineering professional groups, and does not report the experiences of other immigrants.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
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