Joshua Healy

Joshua Healy
The University of Newcastle, Australia · Newcastle Business School

Ph.D.

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Introduction
My research interests are in employment relations, labour studies, and HRM. Current research topics include technological change, the gig economy, and the future of work.
Additional affiliations
May 2013 - April 2015
Australian Government
Position
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Launch Evaluation
Description
  • A 3-year evaluation of the launch and rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS, formerly DisabilityCare Australia). The project will evaluate the impacts on people with a disability, families and carers, and service providers.
February 2013 - July 2013
Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) Secretariat
Position
  • The STEM Labour Market in Australia
Description
  • A study of recent changes in the employment and earnings of STEM graduates (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in Australia, to assess whether there is an adequate supply of their skills.
January 2012 - October 2012
Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency
Position
  • A System for Monitoring Skills Imbalance
Description
  • The report reviews potential indicators of "skills imbalance" (surplus or shortage) based on international studies. It then constructs an indicator framework to enable an assessment of current and emerging skill needs.
Education
February 2004 - April 2010
Flinders University
Field of study
January 1997 - December 2000

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Publications (42)
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This chapter explores the role(s) of consumers as Industrial Relations actors in the gig economy.
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The inclusion of cultural minorities as senior leaders is of growing importance and relevance to contemporary organizations with increasingly international composition, but much is to be learned about how and when such leaders impact the workplaces they lead. We draw on the “cultural difference” and “cultural congruence” propositions (Dorfman and H...
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The idea that human resource management (HRM) plays a strategic role in generating sustainable competitive advantage for organisations or intermediate outcomes such as innovation is a central tenet in HRM theory and research. Yet, the explanation for this relationship remains unclear. We contribute to understanding how HRM plays a role by integrati...
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Purpose: Migrant workers often suffer from social exclusion in the workplace and therefore identify less with their organization and engage less with their work. To address this issue, we integrate research on migrant workers with research on the group engagement model to create a model for understanding and enhancing migrant worker engagement. Thi...
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With the diffusion of team-based work organizations and flatter organizational hierarchies, many leaders empower employees to perform their work. Empowerment creates an interesting tension regarding coworker conflict, enhancing trust and giving employees more autonomy to prevent conflict, while also increasing workload and the potential for coworke...
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The rise of digital platforms and the ‘gig economy’ is a central topic in debates about the future of work. As new platform companies have emerged in a range of markets, including transport, food delivery, and home and personal services, established business models and employment arrangements have come under increasing pressure. The hallmark of ‘gi...
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Labour‐management practices and workers’ experiences in the gig economy are topics of major interest for researchers, regulators and the general public. Platform companies project a vision of gig workers as autonomous freelancers, but pervasive features of their own labour practices, along with workers’ traits, create new vulnerabilities and risks....
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The ‘gig economy’ has emerged rapidly as a form of service delivery that challenges existing business models, labour-management practices, and regulations. The ways in which platform companies transact with workers, in particular, has created a burgeoning public interest, but has yet to give rise to a corresponding academic literature. In this pape...
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Population ageing is profoundly challenging the institutions and systems that organise paid work, healthcare, and retirement. A major response to these challenges has been to encourage older workers to remain longer in employment, thereby extending the period of ‘productive life’ in which they are net contributors to government revenue. Yet this st...
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After two years of deteriorating conditions, 2015 was a year of modest improvement in the Australian labour market. Perhaps the most important change was a higher employment-to-population ratio, with increases in both persons employed and hours worked. Despite these encouraging signs of recovery, several weak spots remain. The full-time employment...
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Using matched employer-employee data from the Fair Work Commission’s Australian Workplace Relations Study (AWRS), this paper describes selected attributes of the firms that employ low-paid workers in Australia. The results suggest that these firms generally offer fewer skill development opportunities and fewer flexible work arrangements than firms...
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The Australian labour market remained in a subdued state during 2014. Participation and employment rates fell, while unemployment and underemployment rates rose. Of the limited employment growth that did occur, most was in the part-time workforce and concentrated on prime-aged and older workers. After exhibiting serious weakness in 2013, the youth...
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Skill shortages are often portrayed as a major problem for advanced economies, yet there is surprisingly little empirical evidence about how firms adjust to skill shortages and their associated effects on firm performance. This article provides new evidence from the Business Longitudinal Database, an Australian data set with unusually rich informat...
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The year 2013 saw slowing growth in the Australian economy and labour market, relative to 2012. Slower rates of increase in Gross Domestic Product and employment led to rising unemployment and under-employment rates, fewer job vacancies, and increased caution on the part of the Fair Work Commission about the appropriate rate of increase in Australi...
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We investigate gender-based wage undervaluation in light of Fair Work Australia’s major recent decision for social and community service workers. Using regression methods, we demonstrate that wages for employees in female-dominated occupations are significantly lower than for comparable employees in male-dominated and integrated occupations. This u...
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The attainment of ‘fairness’ is widely regarded as a worthy goal of setting minimum wages, but opinions differ sharply over how to achieve it. This paper examines how interpretations of fairness shaped the minimum wage decisions of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission between 1997 and 2005. It explores the Commission’s approaches to three...
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Skill shortages are often portrayed as a major problem for the economies of many countries including the Australian economy. Yet, there is surprisingly little evidence about their prevalence, causes and consequences. This paper attempts to improve our understanding about these issues by using econometric methods to analyse the Business Longitudinal...
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Skill shortages are often portrayed as a major problem for the economies of many countries including the Australian economy. Yet, there is surprisingly little evidence about their prevalence, causes and consequences. This paper attempts to improve our understanding about these issues by using econometric methods to analyse the Business Longitudinal...
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The strength of the relationship between low wages and household needs has become an important measure of the effectiveness of Australia’s employment safety net. This paper reviews the recent treatment of the needs issue in safety net minimum wage cases of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, and provides a statistical analysis of data f...
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On 3 June 2010, the Minimum Wage Panel of Fair Work Australia concluded its Annual Wage Review for 2009-10. Having considered the evidence from written submissions, public consultations and a range of internal and external research, the Panel decided to increase minimum wage rates in modern awards by $26 per week with effect from 1 July 2010. The i...
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The Australian Fair Pay Commission would like to advance its knowledge of the gender pay gap. To further this understanding we investigate the size, trends in, and determinants of, the difference between male and female pay in Australia. We focus on the differences in hourly pay between adult men and women who are employed in occupations and indust...
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The contribution of this paper is to bring together all the case studies of work organisation and workplace change in Australian workplaces during the past decade, using these to assess exactly what we do and do not know about such changes and their effects on skill requirements.
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This report provides a profile of Federal Minimum Wage (FMW) recipients in Australia in the early 2000s. Most of the analysis is based on data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. The report examines: (1) the number of FMW recipients, (2) their personal and employment characteristics, and (3) their household i...
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High rates of labour turnover in the call centre sector are, in the view of some commentators, indicative of widespread employee 'burnout'. However, few studies have formally investigated the frequency or antecedents of job burnout for this particular group of workers. This paper presents the results of a case study, undertaken within the call cent...
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This study uses the neo-Durkheimian conceptual framework of Mysterium and Onus to illustrate how spiritual work is used to accomplish emotional balance within emotion-laden organizational contexts. The constant emotional oscillations experienced by paramedics within an emergency services organization show how spiritual work is accomplished at the l...
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This paper presents a benchmark of workers perceptions about Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) in the Australian oil and gas industry, particularly those areas covered by the Commonwealth Safety Case Regime. Between 1999 and 2001, the National Institute of Labour Studies conducted surveys of workers attitudes to—and opinions of—Health, Safety an...
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Using a new dataset and several methodological refinements, this paper re-examines the evidence about the attributes of Australian minimum wage recipients. First, the analysis adjusts for sample selection bias, allowing for the fact that many individuals who would receive low hourly wages, if employed, are not in the labour force and thus have no o...

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My published reviews of major book titles in industrial and employment relations
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Investigate ways of improving working conditions in the gig (platform) economy.