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Working Together – The Facts

"The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) has today released three fact sheets which highlight the shared interests of businesses and their employees in preserving flexibility in workplaces. These fact sheets are part of a package of materials that will be produced and released by Ai Group over the coming months," Ai Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox, said today.

"The Working Together, The Facts – Casual Employment Fact Sheet highlights that:

  1. Casual employment provides vital flexibility for businesses and their employees.
  2. Casual employment has been stable for the past 20 years.
  3. Restricting casual employment would destroy jobs, particularly for young people. Youth unemployment in Australia is much higher than the overall level of unemployment.

The Working Together, The Facts – Part-time Employment Fact Sheet highlights that:

  1. Part-time employment provides vital flexibility for employees and businesses;
  2. Part-time employment enables many people to participate in the workforce who would otherwise be unable or unwilling to do so because of family, caring, study or other commitments outside of work.
  3. The strong rise in female workforce participation in recent years, to a record high in April 2018, has contributed to the rise in part-time work.
  4. Restricting part-time employment would destroy jobs. The impact of imposing more restrictions on part-time work would be felt most acutely by female workers.

The Working Together, The Facts – Self-Employment Fact Sheet highlights that:

  1. Many people prefer to work as an independent contractor, rather than as an employee.
  2. Many existing employees aspire to one day become an independent contractor and run their own business.
  3. Self-employment, as a proportion of the workforce, has declined over the past 25 years.
  4. The construction industry continues to dominate the number of self-employed workers, including electricians, plumbers and carpenters.
  5. Restricting self-employment would destroy jobs, particularly for older workers. The proportion of workers who are self-employed increases with each age group, peaking at about 29% for workers aged 65 and over, from less than 1% for workers aged 15-19.

"There is a lot more that unites businesses and workers, than divides them. Only successful businesses can offer superior wages and employment conditions, and genuine job security," Mr Willox said.

See Working Together – the Facts on Ai Group's website

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