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ERIC Number: ED470939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Employment Shifts in the TAFE Workforce in Victoria, 1993-98. Working Paper.
Shah, Chandra
Data on the work force in Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes in Victoria, Australia, for 1993-1998 reveal a number of structural changes. First, the number of women staff increased from 46% to 53%, although men still constitute 54% of the teaching staff. As full-time staff employment dropped an average of 1.1% annually, part-time employment increased 9.9%. Overall, full-time tenured males have been replaced with part-time males and females on fixed-term or sessional contracts. The proportion of teachers on TAFE staffs has declined 3 percentage points. Changes in the TAFE work force parallel those in the economy as a whole, such as a shift in industrial structure from manufacturing toward service and information technology. Just as in the general economy, a decreasing core of full-time tenured staff is surrounded by an increasing periphery of part-time sessional/short-term employees. Factors fueling this trend include industrial restructuring, an abundant labor supply in the peripheral market, and a decline in union membership. During the period of the study, TAFE institutes were amalgamated from 32 to 19 in order to create a competitive market. The changes in the TAFE work force have implications for professional development, workplace child care, and flexible working hours. The data indicate a wide variation in the way each institute has responded to changes. (Contains 17 references.) (SK)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: Monash Univ., Clayton, Victoria (Australia). Centre for the Economics of Education and Training.
Identifiers - Location: Australia