Temporary employment

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Fact sheet

Fact Check: The ACTU's Sally McManus said Australia has the highest rate of temporary work in the OECD. Is she correct?

As wages growth and job insecurity loom large in the 2019 election campaign, Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions Sally McManus claims that Australia is at risk of morphing into an "Americanised economy" of low wages and poor job security.
Working paper

Exploring online and offline informal work: findings from the Enterprising and Informal Work Activities (EIWA) survey

The growing prevalence of alternative work arrangements has accelerated with the rapidly evolving digital platform transformations in local and global markets (Kenny and Zysman, 2015 and 2016). Although traditional (offline) informal paid work has always been a part of the labor sector (BLS-Contingent Worker Survey...
Working paper

The rise and nature of alternative work in the United States, 1995-2015

To monitor trends in alternative work arrangements, we conducted a version of the Contingent Worker Survey as part of the RAND American Life Panel in late 2015. The findings point to a significant rise in the incidence of alternative work arrangements in the U.S. economy...
Report

Wage theft in silence

This report argues that structural reforms are urgently required to address the drivers of exploitation. There is also a pressing need for remedial mechanisms that are accessible to individual migrant workers. Against a culture of impunity, predicated on employers’ assumptions that migrant workers will remain...
Commentary

Why yet another visa for farm work makes no sense

Introducing yet another special agricultural employment visa might destroy the good things about the ones we've got, writes Stephen Howes.
Journal article

Immigration: an election issue that has yet to be addressed?

Declining net migration gains in New Zealand and concerns over exploitation of people on study and short-term work visas has delayed major changes in immigration policy through to June 2018.
Report

Labour rights in the gig economy: an explainer

Analysis shows that workers in the gig economy tend to have lower wages than employees. They also often miss out on a number of other benefits. Further, their classification as independent contractors has implications on their tax status and superannuation. This research note examines how...
Journal article

Labour mobility in the PACER Plus

Since the commencement of the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus negotiations in 2009, the Pacific Forum Island Countries have maintained that their main gain from this Free Trade Agreement is in labour mobility. Free Trade Agreements, such as the Pacific Agreement on...
Working paper

Maximizing the development impacts from temporary migration

This paper evaluates the impact of the Australian agriculture sector's Pacific seasonal worker program on workers, their households, and communities.
Journal article

Development impacts of seasonal and temporary migration: a review of evidence from the Pacific and Southeast Asia

Seasonal and temporary migration programsare widely used around the world, yet there is scant evidence as to their development impacts. Absent such evidence, it is difficult to evaluate whether the proliferation of temporary worker programs in recent years is a useful development. This article reviews...