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Workplace researcher recognised with national award

28 Feb 2014

Research into the link between skills and wages undertaken by the University of Sydney Business School's Dr Damian Oliver, has been recognised with an award presented by the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand

Dr Oliver, who is a Leading Research Analyst in the Business School's Workplace Research Centre (WRC), is a specialist in the links between education, training and work.

His research paper, titled 'Skills utilisation and recognition in Australia: The impact of awards and enterprise agreements', was awarded the Vic Taylor Prize for most promising paper at 2014 AIRAANZ conference held recently in Melbourne.

Using data from the WRC's Australia at Work survey, Dr Oliver found that qualifications do make a difference to pay levels, especially for workers in award-reliant sectors.

"The results confirm the importance of embedding skills development strategies in awards and enterprise agreements," he said.

AIRAANZ is a scholarly association of academics working in the field of industrial relations.