| || || Liki, Asenati.|
| || || E tele a'a o le tagata : career choices of Samoan professionals within and beyond their nu'u moni|
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Subject: Skilled labor -- Samoa , Professional employees -- Samoa, Professional employees in government -- Samoa
Call No.: pac HD 8038 .S33 L54
Copyright:10-20% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: Since Independence in 1962 Western Samoa has been confronted with an increasing shortage of highly qualified citizens. This problem has caused grave concern for the country's leaders especially since it has become a major hindrance to development. Based primarily on interviews with Samoan professionals working in Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand, this study examines the causes and consequences of professional labour shortages. Results show that they are a function of an increasing volume and frequency of occupational moves of Samoan professionals within and beyond the country. Inter-sectorial moves are primarily from the public sector, the largest employer, to the para-public and private. Migration to Fiji and New Zealand is predominantly from the government sector. It is pointed out that the latter suffers most acutely the consequences of the continuing exodus of its professional employees. People move for various reasons. Low salary and political interference in government careers are the most important issues for the professionals. However, structural forces within and beyond Samoa, and individual aspirations for advancement and recognition of qualifications are also important factors. For their part, the leaders emphasise the need for professionals to show loyalty to their country as a means of lessening brain drain from the public sector and the country at large. The study concludes by affirming that the outflow of professionals has, on the one hand, imposed negative effects on the government sector, while on the other hand, it has contributed to strengthening links with other Pacific Islands and the international community.