Aug 2018 | Self-employment and casual work aren’t increasing but so many jobs are insecure – what’s going on?

Date: 3 Aug 2018

Source: The Conversation 

That casualisation and self-employment rates are not increasing is often trotted out to dispute perceptions that workplace insecurity is growing.

But retorts like this miss a few key points.

First, the real causes of growing insecurity aren’t the type of contracts people are on. While these things matter, the real causes of insecurity are the way organisations are being structured these days. This is designed to minimise costs, transfer risk from corporations to employees, and centralise power away from employees.

Second, aggregate data mask variations between industries.

Third (and least importantly) there are some measurement issues.