Journal article

Work-Related Training and the Probability of Transitioning from Non-Permanent to Permanent Employment

D Mcvicar, M Wooden, F Leung, N Li

British Journal of Industrial Relations | Wiley | Published : 2016


It is widely believed that work-related training increases a worker's probability of moving up the job-quality ladder. This is usually couched in terms of effects on wages, but it has also been argued that training increases the probability of moving from non-permanent forms of employment to more permanent employment. This hypothesis is tested using nationally representative panel data for Australia, a country where the incidence of non-permanent employment, and especially casual employment, is high by international standards. While a positive association between participation in work-related training and the subsequent probability of moving from either casual or fixed-term contract employme..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was partly supported by funding received from the National Vocational Education and Training Research Program, managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research on behalf of the Australian Government, and from the Visiting Research Scholar scheme of the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne. It uses unit-record data from Release 13 of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. The HILDA Survey Project was initiated, and is funded, by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, but managed by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne. The authors also thank Hielke Buddelmeyer for helpful advice and comments. The findings and views reported in this article, however, are those of the authors and should not be attributed to any of the aforementioned organizations or people.