The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ annual Workplace Pay Survey, which has been released this month, is the first to show a significant drop in the number of Australians who are employed for work beyond what is required by law.
While the survey shows a slight increase in the amount of Australians working for paid work, the percentage of people working paid work has declined from 44.5 per cent to 40.1 per cent.
A similar pattern can be seen in the percentage who are working part-time or part-year employment.
While that figure has remained steady, the proportion of people in this category who are paid for work has fallen from 46.3 per cent in 2015 to 41.3 in 2016.
The Australian Bureau will release a second set of data in June that will give a snapshot of the Australian workforce, with the aim of revealing the most significant changes in the workplace since the survey was first conducted in 1999.
It is expected to show that the majority of Australians are working full-time jobs and there has been no decline in the proportion working part time.
In the last two years, the number working part or full time has increased by 2.1 million jobs, or 13.1 percentage points.
While many Australians are employed part time, the Bureau has found a significant increase in Australians working part year.
This year’s survey also shows that the proportion who are unemployed or not in work has increased from 4.5 million to 6.6 million people.
With unemployment rates rising by more than 10 per cent this year, the latest Australian Bureau report suggests that the rate of Australians in work is more than three times higher than the average rate in the OECD, with more than half of Australians (54.4 per cent) in work.
Workforce participation was highest in Queensland and Western Australia (29.3 and 17.3 percent respectively), followed by South Australia (19.7 and 15.3) and Victoria (17.3).
The ABS data show that employment has been increasing for almost three years in the past two years with the average increase of 1.6 percentage points over the past three years.
The Australian Council of Social Service and Workplace Advocacy have both recommended that Australians continue to be encouraged to work and work harder.
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