Moving to move up? Disentangling the link between spatial and occupational mobility

Liu, Y., McCollum, D., Findlay, A., Feng, Z. & Nightingale, G. (2017) 9th International Conference on Population Geographies (ICPG 2017), University of Washington, Seattle, USA, 29 June - 1 July 2017 [SLS]

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The progression of workers along the occupational hierarchy across the course of their careers has long been a concern of policymakers and social scientists alike. Using the census-based Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) dataset, this research examines individual and place based determinants of occupational mobility, and their relationship to spatial mobility. The originality of the paper relates to the importance of workplace location, rather than residential locations, on occupational mobility, and in the questioning of the idea that spatial mobility accelerates occupational mobility. The findings also indicate that skill level and employment in ‘knowledge intensive’ sectors are key determinants of career progression. Urban career escalator effects are found to be particularly evident for higher skilled workers. The findings point to the importance of spatial sophistication and gender and sectoral sensitivity in understandings of occupational mobility.

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Output from project: 2016_003


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