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The mobile skilled workforce : optimising benefits for rural communities

Kilpatrick, Sue, Vitartas, Peter, Homisan, Martin and Johns, Susan 2010, The mobile skilled workforce : optimising benefits for rural communities, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Canberra, A.C.T..

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Title The mobile skilled workforce : optimising benefits for rural communities
Author(s) Kilpatrick, Sue
Vitartas, Peter
Homisan, Martin
Johns, Susan
Publication date 2010
Total pages 118
Publisher Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
Place of Publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Keyword(s) rural
mobile workers
workfoce
communities
Australia
Summary Many small rural communities with ageing populations and limited opportunities for young people are not attracting skilled workers, but have a flow of skilled people through the community as locums, seasonal workers or contractors. This project investigated the question: how can rural communities capture maximum benefit from professional and other highly skilled workers in the context of an increasingly mobile and transitory workforce? It found that rural communities derive a wide range of benefits from mobile skilled workers. Effectiveness of the integration process determines the nature and extent of mobile skilled worker contribution to the community. Community settings that encourage and support mobile skilled worker integration are identified in terms of culture, leadership and interactional infrastructure. These same settings also influence mobile skilled worker retention in rural communities. Rural communities need to be proactive in matching worker and community characteristics, and this begins with the recruitment process. Mobile skilled workers need assistance and support to develop a primary social contract, and the process needs to be monitored. This is a community-wide responsibility and requires a coordinated, whole-of-community approach. This is the first Australian study to explore how rural communities can capture the advantages from highly skilled mobile workers. Rural communities that make the most of the available pool of skills can increase resilience, identification and uptake of opportunities such as new enterprises, good practice in natural resource management, enhanced social and leisure opportunities, and the quality and range of local services. The importance of this report is that it provides a broad range of strategies for rural communities wanting to know how to optimise the benefits they derive from mobile skilled workers, regardless of their location or rural industry base.
ISBN 9781742540481
ISSN 1440-6845
Language eng
Field of Research 160804 Rural Sociology
140211 Labour Economics
Socio Economic Objective 940501 Employment Patterns and Change
HERDC Research category A4 Major research monograph
Grant ID PRJ-000387
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2009, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. All rights reserved.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30032236

Document type: Book
Collection: Office of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Rural and Regional)
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