As a resume writer and employment specialist in Adelaide and across Australia, I have deep reservations about ending JobKeeper.
I’m not alone as there are strong concerns in Treasury, the Government and the Reserve Bank for the more than one million Australians still on the wage subsidy, which ends on 28 March.
Between April and September 2020, there were 3.8 million people on JobKeeper. This dropped to 1.7 million between October and December, before dropping down to less than 1.1 million by January.
According to the ABC in February, 77,400 South Australians were still on JobKeeper. That’s a drop of 67 percent from a high of 233,500 from last April to September.
Western Australia (81.4 per cent drop off) and the Northern Territory (81.6 per cent) are the best-performing jurisdictions.
NSW’s recovery is better advanced than Victoria with a 72.7 per cent drop off.
Even so, across Australia just 58.5 per cent of administrative and support service workers have left JobKeeper.
In accommodation and food services there has been a 68.5 per cent drop since September, leaving 100,414 on the program.
Another 144,617 people in the professional, scientific and technical services sector were on JobKeeper at the end of January with 146,729 construction workers still on the subsidy.
More than one in five arts and recreation services workers are still on JobKeeper.