The Impact of Training on Labour Mobility: Individual and Firm-Level Evidence from Britain

British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 38, Issue 2, June 2000

Posted: 14 Jun 2001

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Francis Green

University of Kent - Department of Economics

Alan Felstead

University of Leicester

Ken Mayhew

University of Oxford - Department of Economics

Alan Pack

University of Kent - Canterbury Campus

Abstract

We investigate the impact of different types of training on the mobility expectations of workers, using three surveys. Most training episodes produce some transferable skills, and most transferable training is paid for by employers. Overall, training has no impact on mobility in three out of every five cases; the remaining cases are split equally between those where training increases and those where it decreases mobility. We find that training is more likely to lead to lower mobility when it is less transferable to other firms, is sponsored by firms, and where its objectives include increasing the identification of employees with corporate objectives.

JEL Classification: J61, J62

Suggested Citation

Green, Francis and Felstead, Alan and Mayhew, Ken and Pack, Alan, The Impact of Training on Labour Mobility: Individual and Firm-Level Evidence from Britain. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 38, Issue 2, June 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=236048

Francis Green (Contact Author)

University of Kent - Department of Economics ( email )

Keynes College
Kent, CT2 7NP
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.kent.ac.uk/economics/staff/gfg/

Alan Felstead

University of Leicester ( email )

Centre for Labour Market Studies
Leicester LE1 7RH
United Kingdom

Ken Mayhew

University of Oxford - Department of Economics ( email )

Manor Road Building
Manor Road
Oxford, OX1 3BJ
United Kingdom

Alan Pack

University of Kent - Canterbury Campus ( email )

Department of Economics
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7PE
United Kingdom
(01227) 823460 (Phone)
(01227) 827850 (Fax)

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