Overskilling, Job Insecurity, and Career Mobility

22 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2009

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Seamus McGuinness

Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland

Mark Wooden

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

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 where job separations are voluntary, the majority of moves do not result in improved skills matches.

Suggested Citation

McGuinness, Seamus and Wooden, Mark, Overskilling, Job Insecurity, and Career Mobility. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 48, Issue 2, pp. 265-286, April 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1394665 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2009.00557.x

Seamus McGuinness

Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland ( email )

Dublin 4
Ireland

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Mark Wooden

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )

Level 5, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street
Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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