Differences in Job Security Satisfaction between Native and Migrant Workers in Australia: Exploring Gender Dimensions

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Shrina Rajendra Shah

Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics

Rachel Ong

Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics; Curtin University - School of Economics and Finance

Date Written: February 01, 2011

Abstract

This paper investigates whether migrant workers are more or less satisfied with their job security than native workers, and whether these differences vary by gender using the 2007 Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey. The analysis of migrants’ satisfaction with job security is particularly important in an Australian labour market environment given that it is increasingly dominated by non-permanent jobs and migrant workers. The descriptive statistics indicate a significant difference in satisfaction with job security between migrant and native workers. Linear and ordered probit regressions are invoked to examine whether or not being a migrant has a negative impact on job security satisfaction levels after controlling for key socio-demographic, human capital and labour market characteristics and these regressions are conducted separately for male and female workers. The role of expectations in affecting one’s satisfaction with job security is also explored. The model findings indicate that being a female migrant worker has a significant negative impact of job security satisfaction but the impact is insignificant for males. However, those who have spent the majority of their lifetime in Australia have assimilated more into the Australian labour market and are more comfortable with their job security.

Keywords: Job security, job satisfaction, migrants, gender, expectations

JEL Classification: J28, J01

Suggested Citation

Shah, Shrina Rajendra and Ong, Rachel, Differences in Job Security Satisfaction between Native and Migrant Workers in Australia: Exploring Gender Dimensions (February 01, 2011). CRAE Research Paper No. 201101. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2379276 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2379276

Shrina Rajendra Shah

Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics ( email )

GPO Box U1987
Perth, Western Australia 6845
Australia

Rachel Ong (Contact Author)

Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics ( email )

GPO Box U1987
Perth, Western Australia 6845
Australia

Curtin University - School of Economics and Finance ( email )

GPO Box U 1987
Perth, Western Australia 6845
Australia

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