Are older workers 'crowding out' the young?: a study of the Australian transport and logistics labour market

Gekara, V, Snell, D and Chhetri, P 2015, 'Are older workers 'crowding out' the young?: a study of the Australian transport and logistics labour market', Labour and Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 321-336.


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Title Are older workers 'crowding out' the young?: a study of the Australian transport and logistics labour market
Author(s) Gekara, V
Snell, D
Chhetri, P
Year 2015
Journal name Labour and Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work
Volume number 25
Issue number 4
Start page 321
End page 336
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor and Francis Australasia
Abstract This paper explores a paradox in the Australian labour market namely that ageing workforces and significant skills shortages in certain sectors are juxtaposed with rising youth unemployment. According to one dominant view these two social issues are interrelated with young workers being 'crowded out' by their older colleagues who are delaying retirement. In this study, we consider the strength of this argument through an empirical examination of the Australian transport and logistics (T&L) industry using a combination of secondary and primary qualitative research sources. The study found that it is not the supply of older workers, the major barrier for youth access to employment, but rather employers' recruitment practices and strategies designed to avoid the costs of training younger workers.
Subject Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Organisational Behaviour
Sociology not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Ageing workforce
Youth unemployment
Lump of labour
Employer recruitment practices
Crowding out
Australian transport and logistics industry
DOI - identifier 10.1080/10301763.2015.1083369
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ISSN 1030-1763
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