Insecure forms of employment: how pressing a problem is it in Australia?

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Author: Wooden, Mark


For many years, both the labour movement and many academics have been warning of the perils of insecure work. The claim is that many Australian workers are subject to unpredictable and fluctuating pay, irregular and unpredictable working hours, inferior rights and entitlements, lack of certainty over job continuity, and a general lack of control over their working situation. This, in turn, will feed into adverse consequences for the health and wellbeing of these workers and their families. The concern here is not so much with job insecurity per se, but with contractual arrangements that...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Labour market; Income

Keywords: Employment security; Employment status; Casual employment; Temporary employment; Working conditions; Wage; Gig economy

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: [Melbourne, Victoria]: Melbourne Institute, 2020

Physical description: 6 p.

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On title page: Many Australians are employed casually, on fixed-term contracts or as contractors, and seem to be doing fine

Resource type: Paper

Document number: TD/TNC 142.135

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