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Making the cut: occupation-specific factors influencing employers in their recruitment and selection of immigrant professionals in the information technology and accounting occupations in regional Australia

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Abstract


  • The ongoing underutilisation of immigrant skills has become

    a topical issue for researchers and policy-makers alike. Within

    Australia, the majority of studies conducted in this space have

    adopted either the immigrant or policy-maker perspective,

    and have utilised human capital theory or labour market

    segmentation theory to explain the phenomenon. This paper

    contributes to the existing literature by proposing a novel

    occupation-specific approach focusing on the employer as

    a central player in determining labour market outcomes. In

    this exploratory study, interviews were conducted with 21

    employers of accounting and IT employers in the regional city

    of Wollongong, Australia. The findings suggest that employers

    of accountants held a greater preference for Australian

    work experience and qualifications; communication skills

    beyond English language skills; and emphasised person–

    organisation fit over person–job fit. Conversely, employers of

    immigrant IT professionals were more tolerant of overseas-

    based qualifications and experience; were willing to accept

    candidates with ‘sub-standard’ communication skills; and

    were open to personal attribute variations. Immigrant

    accounting professionals were therefore more likely than

    their IT counterparts to experience disadvantage when

    seeking employment opportunities in Australia; a finding

    that represents important implications for immigrant

    professionals, policy-makers and employers.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Almeida, S. & Fernando, M. (2017). Making the cut: occupation-specific factors influencing employers in their recruitment and selection of immigrant professionals in the information technology and accounting occupations in regional Australia. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 28 (6), 880-912.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84959193336

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1877&context=buspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/873

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 32

Start Page


  • 880

End Page


  • 912

Volume


  • 28

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • The ongoing underutilisation of immigrant skills has become

    a topical issue for researchers and policy-makers alike. Within

    Australia, the majority of studies conducted in this space have

    adopted either the immigrant or policy-maker perspective,

    and have utilised human capital theory or labour market

    segmentation theory to explain the phenomenon. This paper

    contributes to the existing literature by proposing a novel

    occupation-specific approach focusing on the employer as

    a central player in determining labour market outcomes. In

    this exploratory study, interviews were conducted with 21

    employers of accounting and IT employers in the regional city

    of Wollongong, Australia. The findings suggest that employers

    of accountants held a greater preference for Australian

    work experience and qualifications; communication skills

    beyond English language skills; and emphasised person–

    organisation fit over person–job fit. Conversely, employers of

    immigrant IT professionals were more tolerant of overseas-

    based qualifications and experience; were willing to accept

    candidates with ‘sub-standard’ communication skills; and

    were open to personal attribute variations. Immigrant

    accounting professionals were therefore more likely than

    their IT counterparts to experience disadvantage when

    seeking employment opportunities in Australia; a finding

    that represents important implications for immigrant

    professionals, policy-makers and employers.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Almeida, S. & Fernando, M. (2017). Making the cut: occupation-specific factors influencing employers in their recruitment and selection of immigrant professionals in the information technology and accounting occupations in regional Australia. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 28 (6), 880-912.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84959193336

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1877&context=buspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/873

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 32

Start Page


  • 880

End Page


  • 912

Volume


  • 28

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom