A new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has found a continuing trend for women to be placed in less secure and stable jobs
The report found that 22 per cent of female employees and 17 per cent of male employees were in casual work without the stability of leave entitlements—a situation that remains largely unchanged since November 2008.
The release of Gender Indicators, Australia brings together a variety of ABS and non-ABS data to look at the differences between men and women, and how these differences are changing over time.
Director of Living Conditions Statistics at the ABS, Caroline Daley said that in November 2012 the difference between men and women was apparent across all age groups up to 64 years of age and for eight out of 19 industry divisions.
Ms Daley said some of the lowest-paid industries in Australia such as accommodation and food services, arts and recreation services and the retail trade tended to employ the highest proportion of female employees without paid leave entitlements (61 per cent, 48 per cent and 34 per cent respectively).
“It is concerning that 23 per cent of male and 30 per cent of female employees who are lone parents with dependent children, are casual employees without paid leave entitlements,” Ms Daley said.
“However, I should note that some of these employees might be attracted by work flexibility which enables them to balance paid work with family, study or other activities.”
She said that in contrast, only 11 per cent of male and 20 per cent of female employees in couple relationships with dependent children were working without leave entitlements.
Edition 377, 3 September 2013