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Does the type of job matter? Recruitment to Australia's Northern Territory

Carson, Dean B., Coe, Kristal L., Zander, Kerstin K. and Garnett, Stephen T. (2010). Does the type of job matter? Recruitment to Australia's Northern Territory. Employee Relations: The International Journal,32(2):121-137.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 81704288xPUB68
Title Does the type of job matter? Recruitment to Australia's Northern Territory
Author Carson, Dean B.
Coe, Kristal L.
Zander, Kerstin K.
Garnett, Stephen T.
Journal Name Employee Relations: The International Journal
Publication Date 2010
Volume Number 32
Issue Number 2
ISSN 0142-5455   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-73649139988
Start Page 121
End Page 137
Total Pages 17
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Purpose:
The aim of this paper is to synthesise three separate but similar studies into the motivations of accountants, engineers, and nurses to come to Australia's Northern Territory. Gordon's job structures model and the labour force development implications of staples thesis are to be used to provide a view of the differences between types of jobs.

Design/methodology/approach:
Separate surveys of accountants, engineers and nurses registered in the Northern Territory were conducted in 2006 and 2007. Similarities in design between the studies allowed comparisons to be made regarding responses to questions about motives to move to the Northern Territory. Comparisons between the job groups were made on the basis of responses to individual motives, and a principal components analysis was used to identify groups of motives.

Findings:
Nurses were more likely than engineers to be motivated to work with indigenous people and by their own family and social issues. Accountants were similar to engineers with regards to working with indigenous people, and similar to nurses with regards to family and social migration motives.

Practical implications:
Growing the professional workforce in the Northern Territory is a prominent government policy objective. This study shows that different approaches to recruitment need to be taken with workers in different professions.

Originality/value:
One of the weaknesses in existing academic literature on recruitment and retention of professionals in rural and remote areas is a lack of studies comparing rural migration motives of labour employed in different types of jobs. This study covers those aspects of the field.
Keywords Australia
Government policy
Professional associations
Recruitment
Rural regions
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/01425451011010087   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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