Supply and demand: A study of labour market trends and the employment of new social work graduates in Victoria

Linette Hawkins, Martin Ryan, Helen Murray, Marty Grace, Glad Hawkins, Lew Hess, Phillip Mendes, Bernie Chatley

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At a time of significant restructuring in the community services labour market, it is particularly pertinent to analyse the current labour market opportunities available to new social work graduates. In 1995, using a small RMIT-funded (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) research grant, five schools of social work in Victoria collaborated to pilot a survey of the employment paths of the previous year's social work graduates. The survey was repeated in 1996. A complementary project which analysed the job advertisements for social work and social work-related positions during six months in both 1995 and 1996 provided further insight into the employment opportunities being advertised. Survey results showed a high rate of employment among new graduates with a decreasing number of graduates being employed in designated “social work” positions. This trend was reflected in the requirements for the positions advertised. The implications of this diversity of jobs and the decrease in designated “social work” positions are discussed, particularly in terms of broader changes in the world of work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-42
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Social Work
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000

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