A surge in people working more than one job
There are now 867,900 Australians working multiple jobs – the highest number since the Australian Bureau of Statistics began tracking secondary jobs in 1994.
Worse yet, there are now a record number of Australians working three or more jobs – 209,100 – a shocking 10.8 per cent increase from June 2020.
A new ACTU report has revealed that workers who do multiple jobs still earn 17.5 per cent less than the national average.
Women working multiple jobs are significantly worse off than men, earning almost $10,000 less per year than their male counterparts. Women make up 53.7 per cent of multiple job holders.
Millennials and Generation Z are most affected – 55 per cent of workers with two or more jobs are under 35.
Multiple job holding has surged most in administrative and support services. Healthcare and social assistance also saw one of the largest increases in multiple job holding.
Employers offering insecure work is driving this surge in people working multiple jobs, says the ACTU.
“The Morrison Government is overseeing the erosion of the financial security that secure employment has provided for generations of Australian workers,” said ACTU Secretary, Sally McManus.
“It urgently needs to address the insecure jobs crisis plaguing this country. Australian workers have been doing it extremely tough for almost two years.”