Employers’ responses to demographic changes in rural labour markets: the case of Dumfries and Galloway.

Hollywood, Emma and McQuaid, Ronald W (2007) Employers’ responses to demographic changes in rural labour markets: the case of Dumfries and Galloway. Local Economy, 22 (2). pp. 148-162. ISSN 1470 9325

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Employers in many rural areas are facing the problem of a declining workforce due to demographic changes in the population. These demographic changes are a result of a combination of population ageing, the in-migration of mainly retired people, out-migration and low fertility rates. This paper examines how employers are adjusting to demographic changes in Dumfries and Galloway, a rural local authority in south west Scotland. The area has one of the highest proportions of older people in the UK, and as such provides a useful insight into employers' responses to population ageing. Fifty locally based employers were questioned concerning the labour market impact of population ageing and their responses to this situation. The paper argues that in order to ensure the medium-term economic viability of the local economy, employers will need a set of strategies both to attract workers to the area and to increase the participation and retention of older workers resident in the area.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1470 9325
Uncontrolled Keywords: demographic changes; population ageing; in-migration; out-migration; fertility; rural economy; Dumfries and Galloway; labour market;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 304 Factors affecting social behavior
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Item ID: 2148
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 07 May 2008 10:57
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2015 11:58

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