Underemployment

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Fact sheet

Fact Check: Bill Shorten says a million Australians are doing two jobs and a million are underemployed. Is he correct?

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has bemoaned the extent of underemployment in Australia and the prevalence of "second jobs" during the first leaders' debate of the 2019 election.
Discussion paper

Slack in the system: the economic cost of underemployment

This discussion paper estimates the economic cost of underemployment in Australia, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Working paper

Nappies, books and wrinkles: how children, qualifications and age affect female underemployment in Australia

This paper examines the factors contributing to female underemployment across Australia. ‘Underemployed’ in this document refers to females in part-time employment, who, if given the choice, would take on more hours of paid employment relative to their current hours.
Report

Excessive hours and unpaid overtime: 2019 update

This updated research looks at the cumulative costs of unpaid overtime in Australia's economy. Survey data suggests the average Australian worker puts in almost 5 hours per week of unpaid overtime: coming in early, staying late, working through lunch and breaks and taking work home.
Report

Jobs availability snapshot 2019

Anglicare Australia’s Jobs Availability Snapshot aims to show what the job market is like for people who might struggle to find a job. These might be people with disabilities, people who didn’t finish year 12, or older workers who lost their jobs later in life.
Working paper

The economics of ride hailing: driver revenue, expenses and taxes

We perform a detailed analysis of Uber and Lyft ride-hailing driver economics by pairing results from a survey of over 1100 drivers with detailed vehicle cost information. Results show that per hour worked, median profit from driving is $3.37/hour before taxes, and 74% of drivers...
Report

The future of work: OECD employment outlook 2019 - highlights

The OECD Employment Outlook provides an annual assessment of key labour market developments and prospects in OECD member countries. The 2019 edition is devoted to the future of work. This highlights report includes an editorial on the issue and several pages of recommendations for future...
Report

A profile of creative professionals

This report finds the majority of creative professionals covered in the survey have difficulty making a sustainable living from their principal artform or creative practice. Most rely on other sources of financial support such as another job or a partner’s income to survive, and most...
Annual Report

It's more than poverty: employment precarity and household well-being

Social scientists adopted the term ‘precarity’ to describe states of employment that do not have the security or benefits enjoyed in more traditional employment relationships. These precarious employment relationships are becoming the ‘new normal’ for our workforce.
Commentary

Jobs but not enough work. How power keeps workers anxious and wages low

We've the lowest unemployment rate in eight years, but little to celebrate.