This is one of the most dangerous developments in equity since Federation. I’ve lost count of the number of clients who want to break out of casual work and get a fulltime job. The story below by the ABC’s Nassim Khadem is timely.
“About 36 per cent of Australian jobs face a significant or high risk of automation, according to a new Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report.
Key points: 1. The OECD estimates 14 per cent of existing jobs could disappear over the next 15 to 20 years, and 32 per cent are likely to change radically.2. Australia had one of the highest rates of casual workers among the OECD's 34-member countries. 3. Australia has had one of the largest increases in underemployment across OECD countries since 2007
The OECD's latest Employment Outlook estimates that across its 34 member countries, 14 per cent of existing jobs could disappear over the next 15 to 20 years, and 32 per cent are likely to change radically.
It also found Australia had one of the highest rates of casual workers among its members. In Australia, one in four workers is a casual worker, and more than half of casual employees report having no guaranteed hours, the report observed.
The report defines casual jobs as "short part-time jobs" that involve working one to 19 hours per week. Australia is among a number of other nations with high casual worker rates including Netherlands (21 per cent), Denmark (15 per cent) and Switzerland (13 per cent).
It said the rise in casual work may be partly driven by countries having special forms of atypical part-time contracts, which either involve "very short part-time hours or no established minimum hours at all, such as on-call work and zero-hour contracts".
Although Australia was not as badly hit by the global financial crisis as many other developed countries, it has witnessed one of the largest increases in underemployment across OECD countries since 2007.
"Young people with medium and high-level education have seen increases in their probability of low-paid employment in Australia since 2006," the report noted, adding this increase was larger than the OECD average.