Insecure forms of employment: how pressing a problem is it in Australia?

Melbourne Institute Research Insight No. 28/20

Date: October 2020


Mark Wooden


For many years, both the labour movement and many academics have been warning of the perils of insecure work. The claim is that many Australian workers are subject to unpredictable and fluctuating pay, irregular and unpredictable working hours, inferior rights and entitlements, lack of certainty over job continuity, and a general lack of control over their working situation. This, in turn, will feed into adverse consequences for the health and wellbeing of these workers and their families. In this Research Insight, Professor Mark Wooden explores non-standard employment in Australia, focusing on employees' job satisfaction and discusses whether casual employment should be prohibited.

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