The influence of precarious employment on career development: The current situation in Australia

Julia Connell, John Burgess

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Purpose - The aim of this article is to explore the influence of precarious (temporary) employment on employability and career development. Design/methodology/approach - The article draws together primary and secondary research material. Findings - Findings indicate that there are both positive and negative perspectives with regard to temporary employment and career development for both the workers themselves and the user firms. Research limitations/implications - Implications arising are that policy development/research is required to investigate potential interventions that could be introduced. Practical implications - These are in line with the article's suggestion of adopting transitional labour market strategies. These major transitions are between education and employment; (unpaid) caring and employment; unemployment and employment; retirement and employment; "precarious" and permanent employment. Originality/value - The article outlines two facets of precariousness associated with temporary work in relation to the worker and the user firm. It also presents a newly devised three-stage typology of skill and skill acquisition that is relevant to the topic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-507
Number of pages15
JournalEducation and Training
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Australia
  • Career development
  • Temporary workers


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