Casual labour

Report

7 Mar 2019
37

This report explores the economic impact of wage theft in South Australia. Wage theft is widespread and likely growing, impacting up to 170,000 South Australian workers to varying degrees, and almost certainly costing South Australian workers, collectively, more than $500 million a year.

Report

7 Mar 2019
260

The Migrant Workers’ Taskforce, chaired by Professor Allan Fels AO, with Dr David Cousins AM as Deputy Chair, was established as part of the federal government’s response to the revelation of significant wage underpayments in certain industry sectors. This report provides a summary of the...

Submission

Submission to the Inquiry into the Victorian On-Demand Workforce
22 Feb 2019
195

This submission presents evidence from several different strands of research undertaken over the past three years, all of which touch in different ways on the challenges and opportunities associated with on-demand or 'gig' work.

Working paper

28 Jan 2019
270

The future of work is currently receiving attention at the highest policy levels. This paper demonstrates the case for a strong gender lens in these debates and makes a clear call for women’s economic empowerment to be at the front and centre of efforts to...

Report

10 Dec 2018
56

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

3 Dec 2018
63

A powerful reshaping of Australia’s youth labour market has ushered in an era of extreme job insecurity for the nation’s youth. In 2018, young Australians are far more likely to work part-time than forty years ago, according to this report summary.

Report

3 Dec 2018
45

This report calls for government action to stem rampant casualisation of full-time mining jobs in order to improve the industry’s social and economic return to the regional communities that support it.

Report

29 Nov 2018
37

This report presents the first comprehensive study of living and working conditions of au pairs in Australia. It draws on responses from 1,479 au pairs across 34 nationalities to an online survey in 2017. The study seeks to provide an evidence base to indicate the...

Report

23 Nov 2018
35

This paper examines current or proposed changes to the sharing economy, regulations hitting the labour hire industry, proposals to tackle ‘wage theft’, and the introduction of industrial manslaughter laws, in the context of the rapid growth of the Victorian public sector since 2014.

Report

Why migrant workers do not recover their unpaid wages in Australia
29 Oct 2018
389

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...

Working paper

1 Sep 2018
5

The American labor market is increasingly unequal, characterized by extraordinary returns to work at the top of the market but rising precarity and instability at the bottom of the market. Research on precarious work and its consequences has overwhelmingly focused on the economic dimension of...

Report

24 Jul 2018
67

This inquiry, the first completed by a Legislative Assembly select committee in many years, examined the impact on Victorians of the Fair Work Commission’s 2017 decision to reduce penalty rates in the hospitality, fast food, retail and pharmacy sectors.

Journal article

1 Jul 2018
120

Drawing on interviews with international students and a range of stakeholders across Australia, this article uses 7-Eleven as a case study to illuminate systemic barriers that prevent temporary migrants from accessing remedies for unpaid entitlements within existing legal and institutional frameworks.

Report

26 Jun 2018
110

This research report uses interviews with over 100 domestic and ridehailing platform workers in major U.S. cities to reveal how technology is reshaping the future of labor.

Report

19 Jun 2018
362

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...

Report

6 Mar 2018
286

This report simulates the net hourly incomes received by UberX drivers in six Australian cities, and finds that they almost certainly earn much less than would be required under relevant minimum wage standards.

Report

19 Jan 2018
678

There has been discussion about the growth of casual employment in Australia over the past few decades with suggestions it is an insecure, precarious and non-preferred form of employment. This analysis sheds further light on whether preferences of casual workers are being met.

Book

29 Nov 2017
7

This report presents the results of an innovative survey across seven European countries, revealing, for the first time, the extent and characteristics of crowd workers in Austria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

Report

22 Nov 2017
522

This report examines the ongoing polarisation in Australian employment patterns, between those with full-time, relatively secure jobs, and a growing portion of people working part-time, casual, temporary, or insecure positions.

Report

Findings of the National Temporary Migrant Work Survey
21 Nov 2017
671

Despite the prominence of migrant worker exploitation in the media, there has been limited empirical data on the overall nature and extent of wage theft among international students and backpackers in Australia. This study begins to fill these gaps.

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