Work insecurity

Alternate Term Label:
Alternative work
Contingent work
Informal work
Insecure work
Job instability
Microwork
Non-traditional work arrangements
Patchwork economy
Precarious employment
Submission

Technology and power: understanding issues of insecure work and technological change in Australian workplaces

Mapping existing trends and concerns held by workers across a diverse range of industries, this submission discusses workplace technologies in the context of different labour processes and employment relationships.
Report

Beyond the gig economy: empowering the self-employed workforce

Self-employment has risen significantly over the past two decades. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragile nature of work for many people in the UK – and the self-employed workforce is no exception. This report brings to the fore some of the shared challenges faced...
Journal article

Beyond policies and social washing: how social procurement unfolds in practice

An important feature of social procurement used to mitigate issues with social exclusion is employment requirements, which aim to create internships for unemployed marginalized people. Findings show that practitioners must handle the tension between old and new practices, and strike a balance between fulfilling formal...
Report

Report of the Inquiry into the Victorian on-demand workforce

At the heart of this inquiry are the issues of whether contracting or other arrangements are being used to avoid the application of workplace laws and other statutory obligations. The recommendations in this report are designed to address the uncertainty that exists about the status...
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.
Journal article

Insights into architects’ future roles in off-site construction

Off-Site Manufacture and Construction (OSCM) is at the heart of the modern construction industry. This paper explores the traditional thinking patterns of architects in China and predicts possible future roles for them. We foresee a study approach that focuses on the order and rules for...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Has the rate of casualisation in the workforce remained steady for the last 20 years?

An argument has erupted over the rate of casual employment in the Australian workforce with unions claiming it is on the rise, and Workplace and Deregulation Minister Craig Laundy dismissing this as a lie.
Briefing paper

South Australian creative industries: a census snapshot

This document aims to give some statistical context to the recent focus by the South Australian government on growing the creative industries.
Discussion paper

Art vs dismal science: the economics of Australia’s creative arts sector

This paper highlights the significant economic contribution of the creative arts in Australia and the threat that COVID-19 presents to the sector. It also reveals that a majority of Australians (58%) support a $750 million federal relief package to support the live music sector which...
Report

Measuring the "gig" economy: challenges and options

There is concern among policymakers about the effect of gig work on the financial stability of gig workers. This paper provides a New Zealand-specific typology for identifying gig work, and discusses conceptual and practical issues related to measuring it.