Labour mobility

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Mobile workforce
Briefing paper

The agreement on the future relationship: a first analysis

After years of negotiations, the United Kingdom and the European Union have struck a deal on their future relationship. This deal is one of the most critical agreements the UK will negotiate in the post-Brexit era. This paper offers a first attempt at assessing the...
Report

Governance of the Seasonal Worker Programme in Australia and sending countries

From a slow start in 2008, Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) has become a growing source of employment in the Pacific, and an important part of the seasonal workforce for Australian farmers. This report recommends ways to improve SWP governance, both in Australia and in...
Report

Could do better: migration and New Zealand’s frontier firms

This report investigates how migration can help frontier firms stay at the top of the class and how immigration settings, more generally, might have been holding firms back. It looks at how changes in migration policy could influence firms in New Zealand to make greater...
Report

Human capital as an asset: an accounting framework to reset the value of talent in the new world of work

The coronavirus pandemic is a defining moment for business leaders as they reset the workforce, restore stability and strive to achieve growth in a sustainable manner that benefits all stakeholders. This paper argues that business organisations should seek to work towards a more holistic approach...
Working paper

Health care management in Australia’s and New Zealand’s seasonal worker schemes

This paper discusses the relatively untouched topic of temporary migrants’ health care management in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) and New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE), which are temporary seasonal worker schemes.
Working paper

Job-to-job transitions and the wages of Australian workers

Competition among firms for employed workers has the potential to exert meaningful pressure on wages – an intuitive idea that is illustrated in leading models of on-the-job search and increasingly borne out in empirical studies. This paper outlines the evidence for this in the Australian...
Blog post

The horticulture labour shortage myth

In an era where structural aid cuts have undermined Australia’s capacity to deliver poverty reduction, there should be a more active approach to support a broader development agenda which includes migration, argues Henry Sherell.
Book

Labour lines and Colonial power: Indigenous and Pacific Islander labour mobility in Australia

This book argues that both Pacific Islanders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands peoples made purposeful migrations to find work, reflective of rich cultures and histories of mobility.
Blog post

The Pacific Labour Scheme: is it a flop?

The Australian Government’s Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) provides workers from nine Pacific island countries for employment in rural and regional Australia for up to three years. It marked one year of operation on 30 June and according to some, there was little to celebrate. However...
Blog post

Australia’s seasonal worker program now bigger than NZ’s

The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP), which allows workers from the Pacific and Timor-Leste to work on Australian farms for up to nine months, grew by 44% in 2018-19 or by some 3,000 workers – the largest absolute increase ever and one of the highest percentage...