Half of new jobs are second jobs

Half of new jobs are second jobs

Half of new jobs created in the September quarter were secondary jobs, with more and more Australian workers being forced to pick up additional jobs as wages flatline under the Morrison Government.

This information in the labour market insights release from the ABS this morning comes after an ABS report last month which showed that the median earnings for people with a single job were $48,028 in 2015-16 compared to only $39,813 for people with multiple jobs.

This data shows the emergence of a working poor in Australia – a class of insecure workers who are working multiple jobs and barely making more than the minimum wage.

The Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison Government has cut penalty rates and argued against increasing the minimum wage while watching a national crisis in wage growth and insecure work impact tens of thousands of families.

Quotes attributable to ACTU Secretary Sally McManus:  

“Workers need more secure jobs and fair pay. Australia is rapidly becoming a country of insecure work, where people need multiple jobs just to survive.

“The Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison Government continues to ignore record low wage growth and insecure work crises have pushed hundreds of thousands of workers into insecure work and onto poverty wages.

“We have to change the rules so that working people have good, steady jobs that they can rely on. No one should have to work two jobs and still barely make more than minimum wage.