1st Edition

The Future of Work in the Asia Pacific Addressing Critical Skills Shortages for Sustainable Development

Edited By Subas P. Dhakal, Alan Nankervis, John Burgess Copyright 2025
    320 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Bringing together informed analyses on the challenges of critical skill shortages (CSS) in the Asia Pacific Region, this book provides 14 country reports to discuss the critical jobs and skills to achieve long-term policies and approaches towards realising the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    The contributors of the volume discuss the workforce projections and planning, existing programs that address the skills and jobs needed, and workforce policy challenges that need to be addressed to achieve the SDGs. The book identifies two types of critical skill shortages present in the workforce: one being skilled labour shortages in existing industries, and the second being soft skills like critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Extending the discussion beyond immediate skill shortages, the book assesses longer term policies and approaches to tackle the 2030 United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    This book will interest researchers in the fields of human resource management and development, international business, development studies, and policy makers from the Asia-Pacific region.

    Part I
    Chapter 1 The Nexus Between Critical Skill Shortages and Sustainable Development: An Introduction Subas P. Dhakal, John Burgess & Alan Nankervis Page number
    Chapter 2 A Bibliometric analysis of literature on labour and skill shortages: implications for the future of work in the Asia Pacific and beyond Subas P. Dhakal & Muhammad Nateque Mahmood
    Part II
    Chapter 3 Critical Skills Shortages in New Zealand: An Evaluation of Policies Jim Arrowsmith
    Chapter 4 Cultivating Cultural Responsiveness Self-Efficacy in South Korean Pre-service STEM Teachers: Addressing Skill Shortages in Education Luis Miguel Dos Santos , Ching Ting Tany Kwee & Ho Fai Lo
    Chapter 5 Australia’s Labour Market and Skill Needs John Burgess , Alan Nankervis & Kantha Dayaram
    Chapter 6 Employability skills in Thailand: The need for sustainability Monthon Sorakraikitikul & Pacharapong Kumjumpa
    Chapter 7 Skills Shortages in Vietnam James Cooper & Nhat Tram Phan-Le
    Chapter 8 Skills Shortages in the Chinese Manufacturing Sector Yi Liu, Le Li & Liang Lu
    Chapter 9 Towards a Sustainable City-State? Critical Skill Shortages in Singapore Peter Waring & Julia Connell
    Chapter 10 Local tourism businesses in the digital era: implications for bridging the critical skills gap in Indonesia Subas P. Dhakal & Saskia Tjokro
    Chapter 11 Digital transformation and its impact on the Malaysian Labour Market: Skill shortages and the future of work Jason J. Turner, Nadiah Suki & Nan Jiang
    Chapter 12 Critical Skills Shortages in The Mauritian Information Technology Sector Vikash Rowtho, Sarita Hardin-Ramanan & Shafiiq Gopee
    Chapter 13 Decent work, the critical skills shortage in the health sector, and the role of the State: A case study of the Philippine exported labour policy and sustainable development Jonathan Sale & Arlene Sale
    Chapter 14 Critical Labour Shortages in the Nepalese Tourism and Hospitality Sector: Strategic Implications Subas P. Dhakal & Kerry Brown
    Chapter 15 Labour Skills Shortages in the Construction Industry of Bangladesh Muhammad Nateque Mahmood, Glenn P. Costin & Azmeri Rahman
    Chapter 16 Capitalizing Resourcefulness of the Seasoned: Insights from India on Building a Skilled Workforce Lata Dyaram, Apoorva Goel, Nabila Khan & Samina Yasmin
    Chapter 17 Valuing unpaid care, labour rights and decent work for all – an analysis of Tonga’s participation in the Pacific labour mobility schemes as a sustainable development strategy
    Julie I. Cunningham
    Part III
    Chapter 18 A comparative analysis of Critical Skills Shortages and Sustainable Development Nexus: Concluding remarks Alan Nankervis, Subas P. Dhakal & John Burgess


    Subas P. Dhakal is an Associate Professor at the University of New England (UNE) – Armidale, NSW.

    Alan Nankervis is an Adjunct Professor of Human Resource Management at Curtin University (Perth, Australia) and the Asia Pacific University of Innovation & Technology (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).

    John Burgess is a Professor at the Centre for Organisational Change and Agility, Torrens University Australia.