Human Resource Management

HRM Guide World HRM Guide USA HRM Guide UK About HRM Guide Student HRM Jobs/Careers HR Updates Facebook
HRM Guide Updates
Search all of HRM Guide


December 8 2011 - 1.7 million Australians over 18 are prevented from working as much as they want for a variety of reasons, according to a new Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) study.

The study, based on June 2011 figures show that most (1.4 million) of these people were unemployed and wanted a job. A further 273,500 normally worked fewer than 16 hours each week and wanted to work for additional hours.

454,000 women were not in the workforce but wanted a job and were available to take up work - but they were not looking. Of these, 115,000 were not looking because they were caring for children. Their most common justifications were:

  • that they preferred to look after their children (42%)
  • their children were too young for childcare (23%)
  • no available childcare (15%)

Further details are available in Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation, Australia, July 2010 to June 2011 (cat. no. 6239.0).

Underemployed Part-time Workers

A survey of part-timers conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in September 2010 found that almost three quarters of a million (733,900) were underemployed.

This figure represents almost a quarter (22%) of all part-time workers in Australia. More than half (55%) of those who considered themselves to be underemployed would have preferred to work full-time - at least 35 hours per week.

In fact, over a half of part-time workers were seeking more hours of work. Most commonly, they were trying to find more work by:

  • asking their current employer (62%)
  • contacting a prospective employer (53%)
  • searching the internet (51%)

59% of all underemployed part-time workers indicated that they would have preferred to work more hours with their present employer.

The longest durations of underemployment tended to be experienced by older workers. 52%% of underemployed part-time workers aged 55 years or over and 49% of those aged 45-54 years, had been underemployed for one year or more. This compared with the 25% of underemployed workers aged 15-19 years who had been underemployed for a year or more.

More information is available in Underemployed Workers, Australia, September 2010 (cat. no. 6265.0) available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

  HR Books on Ebay UK
  HR Books on Ebay USA
  HR Books on Ebay Canada
  HR Books on Ebay Australia
  Business Books on Amazon UK
  Business Books on Amazon US
  Business Books on Amazon Canada

Successful Onboarding

Successful Onboarding: Strategies to Unlock Hidden Value Within Your Organization Mark Stein and Lilith Christiansen
  Fact: 1/3rd of all external hires are no longer with the organization after 2 years. What can you do about it? In a word: onboarding.
  More information and prices from: - US dollars - Canadian dollars - British pounds - Euros - Euros

The HR Answer Book

The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Human Resources Professionals by Shawn A. Smith, Rebecca A. Mazin
  The HR Answer Book addresses 200 questions that every employer needs to deal with. Accessible and concise on-the-job companion.
  More information and prices from: - US dollars - Cdn dollars - UK pounds - Euros - Euros

HRM Guide makes minimal use of cookies, including some placed to facilitate features such as Google Search. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to the use of cookies. Learn more here

HR Directory
Privacy Policy

Anything But Work
British Isles
Psychology Articles
Job Skills
Copyright © 1997-2023 Alan Price and HRM Guide contributors. All rights reserved.