ERIC Number: ED470939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Employment Shifts in the TAFE Workforce in Victoria, 1993-98. Working Paper.
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)
Descriptors: Economic Change, Employed Women, Employment Patterns, Foreign Countries, Institutional Personnel, Labor Force, Nontenured Faculty, Part Time Faculty, Postsecondary Education, Teacher Employment, Technical Institutes, Tenured Faculty, Unions, Vocational Education Teachers
For full text: http://www.education.monash.edu.au/centres/ceet/TW.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: Monash Univ., Clayton, Victoria (Australia). Centre for the Economics of Education and Training.
Identifiers - Location: Australia