For a while JobKeeper created a more equal Australia. Goodbye to all that.
The good news is job advertisements were up for February. The bad news is the sources which supply the job advertisement figures can be pretty dodgy.
The bad news is that for every entry-level job out there, 60 people are looking for work, according to ACOSS – but that depends on the job you’re going for.
In Adelaide, if you’re male looking for full time work and you don’t have a trade, you’re up against 200 people applying for the same job. In the Illawarra, it’s about 90 people per job.
You could apply for JobSeeker and you’ll get $620.80 a fortnight (for a single person).
You’ll need to prove you’re actively looking for work by applying for 15 jobs a month and from July, that’ll rise to at least 20 – which is insane.
Why do employers complain that it’s so hard to get staff? Because they’re bombed with resumes from people who have to apply for jobs which they are not skilled in, not trained in and possibly have no interest in.
If you’re single with children or over 60 years of age, you’ll get up to $667.50 a fortnight, while a partnered person can receive up to $565.40. A single principal carer gets $850.20.
You’re allowed to earn $150 a fortnight before it affects your payment.
Your payment will be reduced by 50 cents for every dollar you earn between $150 and $250, and by 60 cents for every dollar of income over $256 – which is also insane.
If you’ve got a partner, your payment will be cut by 60 cents for every dollar they earn over $1,124 a fortnight.