A Comparative Study of Knowledge of Changing Demographic Trends and the Importance of HRM Practices in Three European Countries

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Gerard P. Hodgkinson

Independent

Sarah Snell

University of Sheffield

Nigel Daley

University of Sheffield

Roy L. Payne

The University of Western Australia

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Date Written: October 1996

Abstract

Recent changes in the demographic structures of industrialized nations pose a potentially serious threat to work organizations in terms of their ability to attract and retain high calibre personnel. Specifically, the number of young people in their late teens and early‐to‐mid twenties is on the decline at the present time, coupled with a long‐term recession, thus posing a dilemma for organizations concerned to develop and maintain a viable workforce. This article reports the findings of a three‐country comparative study, conducted in The Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom, designed to investigate the extent to which graduate employers are aware of current demographic trends in the labour market and what HRM policies they are instituting, given this context. The findings reveal considerable levels of ignorance across all three countries, suggesting that attempts by various Government bodies, employers' organizations, professional associations and academics to draw attention to the potentially serious consequences of inadequate planning and future skill provision have largely failed. The results indicate that many organizations are engaging in human resource strategies which are not well suited to meeting the challenges of the 1990s.

Suggested Citation

Hodgkinson, Gerard P. and Snell, Sarah and Daley, Nigel and Payne, Roy L., A Comparative Study of Knowledge of Changing Demographic Trends and the Importance of HRM Practices in Three European Countries (October 1996). International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 4, Issue 4, pp. 184-194, 1996, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2330005 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2389.1996.tb00053.x

Sarah Snell

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Nigel Daley

University of Sheffield

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Sheffield S1 4DT
United Kingdom

Roy L. Payne

The University of Western Australia

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Crawley, Western Australia 6009
Australia

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