30 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2007
Date Written: July 2007
This paper uses longitudinal data from Australia to examine the extent to which overskilling - the extent to which work-related skills and abilities are utilized in current employment - is a transitory phenomenon. The results suggest that while overskilled workers are much more likely to want to quit their current job, they are also relatively unconfident of finding an improved job match. Furthermore, some of the greater mobility observed among overskilled workers is due to involuntary job separations, and even in instances where job separations are voluntary, the majority of moves do not result in improved skills matches.
Keywords: overskilling, job insecurity, job mobility, HILDA Survey, Australia
JEL Classification: J62, J24
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
McGuinness, Séamus and Wooden, Mark, Overskilling, Job Insecurity and Career Mobility (July 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2938. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1004502