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Both leaders were non-specific when asked underemployment during the 2013 Peoples Forum. AAP

Rudd, Abbott, bring on the plan for more ‘middle class’ jobs

Jobs growth is a centrepiece political promise for both political parties but nothing has been said on what type of jobs these will be. At least President Obama told Americans in his 2013 State of the…
Millions of workers struggle on the emerging periphery while those at the core enjoy the benefits of stability and skills. Shutterstock

Life on edge as new divide ignored

The Fair Work Commission’s recent wage review may have struck an increased pay deal for low-paid workers but its decision overlooks the growth of a worrying new divide in the Australian workforce. With…
With stable jobs in short supply, what does the future hold for Australia’s young workers? AAP

The precariat is recruiting: youth, please apply

The term “precariat” conveys the idea that the old working class, the proletariat, has transmuted into a new social class where work and life are characterised by precariousness and risk. While the old…
People power: organisations can set themselves apart by effectively engaging with their short-term and long-term employees. Image from www.shutterstock.com

Short-term gain or long-term pain? Finding HR solutions for a flexible workforce

A recent conference organised by the Australasian Talent Conference, Contingent - the new perm, puts an interesting spin on the need to develop more effective and efficient organisations. Its focus is…
Casual workers can often feel as though they are being treated as a commodity by their employers. katiemarinascott

Labour in vain: casualisation presents a precarious future for workers

Welcome to the Future of Work, a series from The Conversation that looks at the ongoing evolution of the workplace. Today, Monash University’s Veronica Sheen examines the consequences of the increasing…

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