Date: 19 Nov 2018
Casuals around Australia and across a wide variety of industries and occupations are being ripped off, in some cases being paid even less than permanent staff.
A paper released today by the peak body for working people has blown apart the myth perpetrated by the business lobby that casuals are paid a significant premium for the loss of leave rights and job security.
The Myth of the Casual Wage Premium paper found:
- Australia has the highest proportion of temporary labour in the OECD at one in four
- Most casuals are not paid 25 percent more than permanent workers in the same job
- The longer someone works in a casual position the more likely they are to be paid less than permanent staff
- About half of all casuals say they would prefer permanent employment with paid leave rights and job security
In most industries and occupations examined, the casual wage premium was five percent or less. For several, including sports and fitness workers, clerks, and packers and product assemblers, the “premium” was actually negative.