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Casual or Permanent Employment?

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Blog

Casual or Permanent Employment?

According to data released in May by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, about 19% of the Australian workforce, or 2.2 million individuals, are considered casual workers. These individuals are regularly hired by employers to work on a week to week or day to day basis. There are both benefits and disadvantages to casual employment. Casual workers generally earn at least a 20% higher hourly rate of pay than permanent employees, but these workers also do not earn traditional employee benefits such as sick time and holiday pay. Since there is no guarantee of continued employment, a casual employee can legally refuse a work assignment at any time. Many casual workers, such as college students and restaurant workers enjoy the freedom and flexibility in scheduling and pay that this arrangement provides. Other casual employees feel that they are not adequately compensated for the lack of stability in their employment. This is especially true for some casual workers such as receptionists, teachers, and healthcare aides that work with the aged and disabled. In addition to a lack of stability, casual workers also have limited rights and protections. Currently, they can only access protection offered by unfair dismissal laws when they have...

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