• Employment rose 50,000 in December

    First 5000     |      January 22, 2021

    Seasonally adjusted employment increased by 50,000 people between November and December 2020 according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

  • Australian contingent job vacancies experience successive quartile growth in 2019

    First 5000     |      January 22, 2020

    The latest Sunsuper Australian Job Index has today revealed that across 2019, contingent job vacancies (temporary, contract and casual work) experienced successive quarterly growth, while traditional permanent employment has struggled.

  • Furore over welfare figures misses the mark

    First 5000     |      July 31, 2019

    High levels of unemployed welfare recipients losing access to their payments is indicative of a complex and inadequate system, not a proliferation of ‘welfare cheats’, according to community organisation and social business Settlement Services International (SSI). 

  • RBA raises concerns about high levels of underemployment

    First 5000     |      June 19, 2019

    Minutes from the Reserve Bank’s June meeting, at which it lowered Australia’s interest rate below emergency levels, reveals the bank is concerned about the rates of unemployment and underemployment in the Australian economy.

  • Finance job opportunities up 10% post Royal Commission

    First 5000     |      April 17, 2019

    The latest Sunsuper Australian Job Index has today revealed that job opportunities within the finance and insurance services sector were up 10% in the first quarter of 2019, continuing their recovery after Royal Commission related weakness.  

  • Finance job opportunities drop nearly 10% in wake of Royal Commission

    First 5000     |      January 24, 2019

    The latest Sunsuper Australian Job Index has revealed that over the last 12 months the permanent job market rose 11.4%, whereas contingent (temporary and contract) demand slipped 0.3%.

  • Energy workers need support as the market changes

    Julian Lorkin     |      November 8, 2018

    Workers in the coal-fired power industry should be supported structural change forces them into new jobs, according to a report from UNSW Business School.

  • 5 questions – and answers – about casual employment

    Jeff Borland     |      November 3, 2018

    Casual work is increasingly seen as a way for companies to evade their responsibilities to workers, but it has actually been a fairly stable part of the labour market in recent years and a pathway to permanent work.

  • Technology and the future of work

    Adrian Peralta-Alva     |      October 27, 2018

    Many feel anxious about the impact of new technology on their jobs. This is not new. In fact, it dates back at least to the Luddites movement at the outset of the Industrial Revolution. How can governments help? By investing in peoples’ skills.

  • Permanent job vacancies soar more than 10% in a year

    First 5000     |      October 25, 2018

    The latest Sunsuper Australian Job Index has revealed that although the job market fell slightly in the September quarter, contingent demand was up year-on-year, and permanent job opportunities grew by a massive 10.3% in the last year.

  • Australian jobs grow but hours are in decline

    First 5000     |      September 29, 2018

    The number of filled jobs in Australia grew by 117,000 or 0.8 per cent in the June quarter 2018, while the number of hours worked decreased by 0.5 per cent in seasonally adjusted terms, according to new labour market insights released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

  • Companies keep slashing jobs, but new technologies won’t replace good management

    Mary Barrett     |      August 24, 2018

    As technology improves, it’s tempting for company executives to slash jobs that are “standard” and “routine”, making them easy to automate. But research shows focusing on improving management practices will do more to improve companies’ bottom lines.

  • Planning for jobs along the Great Ocean Road

    First 5000     |      August 19, 2018

    The Victorian Government is helping Great Ocean Road communities plan for investment and jobs growth with a $220,000 grant from the Regional Skills Fund to develop workforce planning and development strategies.

  • Small firms aren’t driving growth in Australia jobs

    Mark Wooden     |      July 31, 2018

    The number of self-employed entrepreneurs doing well enough to hire staff is shrinking and it’s bigger firms that are behind Australia’s strong employment growth.

  • Should the government intervene to fix low wages?

    Beth Webster     |      May 27, 2018

    Wage increases in Australia have ground to a halt, while housing, medical and energy costs continue to spiral. What action, if any, should the government take to encourage more growth in wages? James Morley argues that government intervention could cause unforeseen problems, while Beth Webster believes the government should re-balance the economy.

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