Casual employees

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Casual workers
Intermittent work
NARROWER TERMS
Report

Second interim report: insecurity in publicly-funded jobs

This interim report looks at insecurity in publicly-funded jobs and is focussed primarily on those jobs where the Australian government—also referred to as the Commonwealth—is the funder, or primary funder.
Briefing paper

Shock troops of the pandemic: casual and insecure work in COVID and beyond

The research outlined in this briefing paper confirms that Australian workers in casual and insecure jobs have borne the lion’s share of job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic – both the first lockdowns in 2020, and the more recent second wave of closures.
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First interim report: on-demand platform work in Australia

The Senate Select Committee on Job Security was established to inquire into and report on the impact of insecure or precarious employment on the economy, wages, social cohesion and workplace rights and conditions. This first interim report focuses on gig work and gig workers.
Report

Options paper: incentivising tradeswork and shiftwork post COVID-19

This report examines the experience of the trades and shift-work segments of the workforce during COVID-19, and outlines a policy agenda that will provide support for these professions so that they remain an attractive career in future.
Report

A platform economy strategy for Canada: supporting place-based governance for a more resilient and inclusive post-COVID future of work

Advances in big data, algorithms and cloud computing over the past decade have contributed to the emergence and widespread use of digital platforms. Given this new reality, the authors of this report believe there are a number of reasons why the Canadian government should adopt...
Briefing paper

Women’s casual job surge widens gender pay gap

This briefing paper illustrates how Australia’s recovery from the pandemic recession widened the gender pay gap, as women’s jobs returned on a more part-time and casualised basis than for men.
Report

Insecure work and portable entitlements: a solution for Australia

Insecure work is a reality for too many Australian workers. This report explores how the implementation of a portable entitlements scheme could improve the livelihoods of this growing cohort of Australian workers.
Briefing paper

The Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021: briefing note

The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated just how damaging job insecurity is, not only to individual workers and their families, but to society as a whole. This briefing paper lays out the Bill’s provisions and Per Capita's arguments against them.
Briefing paper

2020 year-end labour market review: insecure work and the COVID-19 pandemic

Australia’s labour market experienced unprecedented volatility during 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession. This report highlights several ways in which the pandemic has increased inequality in Australia, and reinforced the dominance of insecure work in the overall labour market.
Report

Blue harvest

Wage theft remains rampant in Australian horticulture, even during COVID-19. This investigative report explores the nature of underpayment and worker exploitation in northern NSW’s blueberry industry, unearthing allegations and evidence of gross underpayment and abuse inflicted upon working holiday-makers and others.
Discussion paper

JobKeeper: eligible vs ineligible workers

This discussion paper outlines how the JobKeeper scheme is encouraging businesses to dismiss ineligible employees, meaning casuals employed for less than a year and non-resident workers have been disproportionately affected by job losses in recent months.
Fact sheet

Fact Check Fact File: COVID-19 has put jobs in danger. How many workers don't have leave entitlements?

The ACTU has repeatedly said 3.3 million Australians, or one in three workers, are "casuals, contractors, labour hire and gig workers". That claim is likely an understatement. Combining the estimated number of self-employed workers with those in casual employment would suggest as many as 4.8...
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.
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

Short-term and long-term casual workers: how different are they?

The key finding in this briefing paper is that casual workers vary substantially in their characteristics, making it hard to generalise about what a short-term or long-term casual worker looks like.
Guide

Casual workers in Australia and how they are being protected following the outbreak of COVID-19

This statistical snapshot provides the latest data on the number of casual workers employed in states and territories and regions within those jurisdictions, as well as the occupations and industries in which they work.
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.
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“Flexible ongoing” employment: solving a problem that doesn’t exist

This paper outlines the context within which the flexible ongoing proposal arose, the WorkPac vs. Skene decision, and the NSWBC’s concerns about “double dipping.” It then examines the nature of casual work in Australia and provides an analysis of how the proposed flexible ongoing category...
Report

Trends in use of non-standard forms of employment

In the past few decades other non-standard or non-traditional forms of employment such as labour hire, employees on short-term contracts, and engagement of independent contractors have emerged as hiring options for employers. This snapshot sheds light on the significance and contribution of different forms of...
Report

Unpaid super: getting worse while nothing is done

New analysis of ATO data has found unpaid super is getting worse, not better, with 2.98 million Australians being short-changed $5.9 billion in super entitlements in 2015-16.