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Optimising the Benefits of the Highly Skilled, But Mobile Workforce: What Can Country Towns Do?


Kilpatrick, S and Vitartas, P and Homisan, M and Johns, S, Optimising the Benefits of the Highly Skilled, But Mobile Workforce: What Can Country Towns Do?, The Sustainability of Australia's Country Towns: Renewal, Renaissance and Resilience, VURRN Press Inc, J Martin and T Budge (ed), Australia, pp. 227-249. ISBN 9781921915116 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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Many small country towns with ageing population 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. A sustainable highly skilled rural workforce is crucial if rural communities are to survive and thrive. Existing research concentrates on re recruitment and retention of the mobile rural workforce. Very little is known about the factors that assist in mobile skilled worker integration and encourage their contribution to the community. Country towns that make the most of the available pool of skills can increase community capacity, resilience, identification and uptake of opportunities such as new enterprises, good practice in natural resource management, enhanced Ěsocial and leisure opportunities, and the quality and range of local services.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Rural sociology
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Micro labour market issues
UTAS Author:Kilpatrick, S (Professor Sue Kilpatrick)
UTAS Author:Johns, S (Dr Susan Johns)
ID Code:90934
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Academic Division
Deposited On:2014-05-01
Last Modified:2015-03-24

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