From ‘opportunity’ to ‘insecurity’: the psychological contract of highly skilled immigrants in Western Australia

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Abstract

This thesis explored the lived employment experience of highly skilled immigrants(HSIs) in Western Australia, and how this experience influenced their decision to return or leave WA's labour market. To provide this analysis, the study investigated how the wider social, political and economic context has affected HSIs' psychological contracts (PC) between 2010 and 2014, drawing on three phases of semi-structured, in-depth interviews with the same group of 26 participants. This thesis contributes to the employment relations literature by highlighting the influence of context in understanding the PC; and to labour migration literature by providing an understanding of HSIs' work experiences.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Caspersz, Donella, Supervisor
  • Lambert, Robert, Supervisor
Award date31 Jan 2017
Publication statusUnpublished - 2016

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