Moves are afoot to combat likely future staffing shortages at universities, caused by academic staff retiring.
Planning is now under way to prevent staffing shortages as traditional sources for academic staff dry up at the same time as a large proportion of the workforce retires.
The eight universities shared concerns that as New Zealand moved towards 2020, universities would face significant difficulties in maintaining an effective and efficient academic workforce, Academic Workforce Planning – Towards 2020 (AWP-2020) steering committee chairman Kevin Seales said today.
These concerns were at the heart of the project as the traditional off-shore sources of academic staff were decreasing and New Zealand staff were also attracted into other sectors as well as offshore, Mr Seales said.
“During this same period, members of the existing academic workforce will be retiring at a higher rate than ever before experienced.
“Due to the changing demographic profile in New Zealand it is also expected that this workforce will need to include a significantly greater proportion of Maori and Pacific peoples than at present.”
The overall aim was to develop a plan that quantified the supply of and demand for academic staffing, and identified strategies to address any issues towards 2020, Mr Seales said.
The AWP-2020 was a collaborative project across the universities, and was funded by the Tertiary Education Commission.
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