Record number of Australians doing multiple jobs


A record number of Australians are doing more than one job, as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed that the blockade and restrictions on COVID-19 are pushing workers into the gig economy. increase.

Newly released data from ABS clearly Currently, 6.5% of Australia’s workforce has multiple jobs in the June quarter, the highest number since ABS began tracking data in 1994.

Prior to the pandemic, just under 6% of the working population had multiple jobs. This number fell to a low of 4.9 in the June 2020 quarter before the rebound.

The largest increase in multiple employment was seen by those who worked in management and support services, arts and recreation, and education. This is some of the sectors most hit by the COVID-19 regulation.

“Secondary employment increased 33% in fiscal 2020-21 from the early lows of the COVID-19 pandemic in the June 2020 quarter,” said Bjorn Jarvis, director of ABS Labor Statistics. “By the June 2021 quarter, it was 9% above the pre-pandemic level.”

However, Jarvis said that despite increased employment, the average time people work in secondary jobs has decreased.

Compared to 9.5 hours a week in the same quarter of 2019, people are now working an average of 9.1 hours a week in secondary work.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) said the volatile financial situation brought about by COVID-19 regulations has forced people to take on more work to achieve their goals.

They called on the federal government to address the issue of employment security and guarantees for precarious occupations that are expected to worsen in the aftermath of a pandemic.

“The economic” recovery “of the Morrison government cannot be sacrificed that our most diligent and minimum-wage workers have to do multiple jobs,” ACTU’s secretary said. Sally McManus said..

“The increasingly volatile employment market means that workers do not have predictable and reliable working hours, which means they can plan their lives. Instead, they have basic payments. I’m forced to do multiple jobs because of this, “McManus said.

Meanwhile, the number of classified ads has been declining since the long-term blockades in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria began. ANZ Job Ads..

Although well above the 2020 lows, job ads in August fell 2.5% nationwide. The number of new classified ads in New South Wales fell by 10% in July when Victoria rebounded.

“Sure, ANZ Job Ads could decline further in the coming months … but the recession is temporary, given the signs of recovery in blockades, policy support and deregulation. I think it will be something like that, “said ANZ Senior Economist Catherine Birch.

Rebecca Chu