Understanding and preventing workforce vulnerabilities in midlife and beyond

Centre PersonnelAlan Duncan
External PersonnelRachel Ong ViforJ, Simon Biggs, Michael McGann, Riyana Miranti, Helen Kimberley, Dina Bowman
Research PartnersJobs Australia, Brotherhood of St Laurence, University of Melbourne, University of Canberra
Project FundingAustralian Research Council
Project StatusComplete (January 2012 to December 2016)

Project Summary

The dynamics, lived experience and outcomes of involuntary non-participation and underemployment by Australians in midlife and beyond are poorly understood, despite the critical social and economic importance of this issue. This project focuses on understanding and addressing pathways and outcomes for those mature age people whose non-participation or under-participation in paid work is not of their own choosing. The project seeks to understand some of the key drivers of underemployment among older age workers. Integrated quantitative and qualitative findings from this project will be used to inform policy and practice developments to better target interventions and support for this group of vulnerable baby boomers.

Project Outputs

Gendered Ageism in Australia: Changing Perceptions of Age Discrimination among Older Men and Women Michael McGann, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Dina Bowman, Alan Duncan, Helen Kimberley, Simon Biggs This paper investigates how age and gender interact to shape older jobseekers’ experiences of age discrimination within a mixed methods framework. The analysis reveals that there has been a considerable decline in national levels of perceived ageism generally among older... Read article 1 December 2016Journal Articles Read More
A gendered analysis of age discrimination among older jobseekers in Australia Michael McGann, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Dina Bowman, Alan Duncan, Helen Kimberley, Simon Biggs This paper investigates how age and gender interact to shape older jobseekers’ experiences of age discrimination within a mixed methods framework. The analysis reveals that there has been a considerable decline in levels of perceived ageism among older men nationally... Read article 1 May 2016Working Papers Read More
Underemployment among mature age workers in Australia Jinjing Li, Alan Duncan, Riyana Miranti Underemployment is a serious and pervasive problem both in terms of its impact on those individuals affected, and for the economy as a whole. Underemployment is associated with job insecurity, increased casualisation and lower savings, and from a macroeconomic standpoint,... Read article 1 December 2015Journal Articles Read More