Future public service capacity: employment of young people into Australian public services during the GFC

Colley, Linda & Price, Robin (2015) Future public service capacity: employment of young people into Australian public services during the GFC. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 74(3), pp. 324-335.

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Abstract

Public services face several workforce challenges, including impending retirements and austerity programs. Although employing more young people is a likely solution to balancing the demographic profile of public services, the literature and theory suggest that young people would have fared worse during the global financial crisis. This research tests propositions around the vulnerability of young people in selected Australian public services during the global financial crisis, in terms of quantity and quality of jobs obtained. Surprisingly, the findings suggest that many young people fared as well or sometimes better than other age cohorts during the global financial crisis in terms of both recruitment and access to ongoing jobs. There are several indications that perhaps public services provided a safe haven in a turbulent labour market.

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ID Code: 81240
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Public Service Capacity, Youth Employment, Economic Downturn, Public Service
DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12123
ISSN: 0313-6647
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Administration (160509)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Institute of Public Administration Australia
Deposited On: 27 Jan 2015 22:52
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 07:36

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