Work-related training and the probability of transitioning from non-permanent to permanent employment

Duncan McVicar, Mark Wooden, Felix Leung, Ning Li

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It is widely believed that work-related training increases a worker’s probability of moving up the job-quality ladder. This is usually couched in terms of effects on wages, but it has also been argued that training increases the probability of moving from non-permanent forms of employment to more permanent employment. This hypothesis is tested using nationally representative panel data for Australia, a country where the incidence of non-permanent employment, and especially casual employment, is high by international standards. While a positive association between participation in work-related training and the subsequent probability of moving from either casual or fixed-term contract employment to permanent employment is observed among men, this is shown to be driven not by a causal impact of training on transitions but by differences between those who do and do not receive training; i.e., selection bias.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-646
JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Relations
Issue number3
Early online date05 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016


  • casual employment; work-related training; non-permanent employment; contingent employment; HILDA Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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