Does casual employment provide a "stepping stone" to better work prospects?

Mitchell, William, and Welters, Riccardo (2008) Does casual employment provide a "stepping stone" to better work prospects? In: Labour Underutilisation, Skills Shortages and Social Inclusion: incorporating the 10th Path to Full Employment Conference and 15th National Conference on Unemployment: proceedings - refereed papers, pp. 132-146. From: 10th Path to Full Employment Conference and the 15th National Unemployment Conference, 4-5 December 2008, Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

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Abstract

Australia has experienced strong economic growth since 1992 and the concomitant employment growth has resulted in generational low rates of unemployment. However, the strong job growth has been accompanied by two major trends which have raised questions about the quality of the expansion. First, full-time work has declined in relative terms. At the start of the last growth cycle (January 1992), full-time work constituted 77 per cent of all jobs (January 1992). By October 2008, this proportion had dropped to 72 per cent. Of the 3106 thousand jobs that have been created between January 1992 and October 2008, 42.3 per cent have been part-time (ABS, 2008a). Second, a rising proportion of the part-time jobs created are of a casual nature, the latter constituted 26 per cent of total employment in 2006 having risen from 20 per cent in 1992 (ABS, 2006).

Item ID: 7843
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: unemployment; job search
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ISBN: 978-0-9805035-4-8
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2010 03:57
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140211 Labour Economics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940501 Employment Patterns and Change @ 100%
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