Workforce and skills: Western Australian labour markets in transition.

Workforce and skills: Western Australian labour markets in transition. Report

Focus on Western Australia Report Series

  • Author(s): Cassells, R. , Dockery, A.M., Duncan, A., Gao, G., Leong, K., Mavisakalyan, A.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, Curtin Business School, Curtin University

Abstract: This third report in the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s Focus on West Australia series explores the trajectory of the West Australian labour market – where it has come from; where it currently stands; where it is headed and where it could go. Using the latest data from a wide range of sources, economists at BCEC have compiled a comprehensive report of the WA labour market. Ranging from labour market composition to the happiness of WA workers, the report provides an overall picture of WA’s workforce. The intention of this report is to provide government, industry and the wider West Australian community with the most up-to-date knowledge of WA’s labour market, and serves as a key reference piece and evidence base from which to inform and build policy. The report is divided into two main sections – Part I examines current patterns and trends of the West Australian workforce and what future industry and workforce scenarios may look like as the economy transitions. Particular attention has been paid to youth unemployment, the important role of labour mobility and how outcomes vary geographically. Part II takes a look at current issues around maximising WA’s workforce potential, including labour underutilisation, equity in labour market outcomes and the overall wellbeing of the state’s workers. Gender equity and Indigenous participation are considered closely, as well as the difficult balancing act between work and family.

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Cassells, R. , Dockery, A.M., Duncan, A., Gao, G., Leong, K., Mavisakalyan, A., 2014, Workforce and skills: Western Australian labour markets in transition., Report, viewed 18 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=2826.

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