Labour market

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Working paper

Wage growth distribution and changes over time: 2001-2018

The results in this research suggest that wage growth inequality between employees is relatively independent of where the economy is in the business cycle, and that the differences between employees are more substantial than the year-to-year variation.
Report

Where are the jobs? Part 2: The geography of Western Sydney’s jobs deficit

This second of three reports analysing jobs availability in Western Sydney examines the geographical outcomes of high rates of workforce growth and the decline of manufacturing.
Report

Where are the jobs? Part 1: Western Sydney’s short-lived jobs boom

This report analyses key shifts in the Western Sydney labour market in the context of rapid population growth. It positions Western Sydney’s labour force growth and change against 21st century shifts in the region’s economic structure.
Working paper

Who can log in? The importance of skills for the feasibility of teleworking arrangements across OECD countries

COVID-19 lockdowns have radically changed the working arrangements for millions of workers.The findings in this paper raise important questions with respect to the large numbers of workers for whom telework is not possible at all, and who could find themselves jobless as a consequence of...
Working paper

Navigating economic uncertainty in post-COVID cities

Australia has entered a period of reduced COVID-19 restrictions, yet both the health and economic well-being of our communities remain fragile. This research aims to assist policymakers in assessing the risk of employment vulnerability as the impacts of COVID-19 evolve.
Discussion paper

Coming of age in a crisis: young workers, COVID-19, and the Youth Guarantee

This report looks at the state of youth unemployment and underutilisation in Australia both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, and forecasts a likely trajectory for youth unemployment in the months and years ahead.
Report

The COVID-19 pandemic draws attention to vulnerabilities in the global food system

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed several weaknesses in the modern, industrial food supply chain. The largest vulnerabilities exist in the growing and processing of food, mainly in relation to labour conditions and the lack of competition in key industries.

The future is now: creating decent work post-pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, which swept across the globe in the early months of 2020, has rapidly accelerated long-standing trends in labour markets and economies around the world. Income inequality, precarious work and the digitisation of the economy are now issues that policymakers must grapple with...
Discussion paper

Gender experiences during the COVID-19 lockdown

This paper examines the differential experiences of men and women during the dramatic changes to the labour market caused by the health response to COVID-19 and evaluates the likely impact of stimulating different industries on men and women.
Report

Coronavirus and unemployment

The coronavirus pandemic has led to widespread job losses across most advanced economies. This paper compares the experiences of five countries that illustrate how different policy decisions have been associated with different labour market outcomes, setting up very different future challenges.