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Workplace flexibility has its limits – bend too far and something breaks | Greg Jericho10 Jul 2:00pm

Workplace flexibility has its limits – bend too far and something breaks | Greg Jericho

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The trade-off for keeping people in jobs and letting more woman enter the workforce has been more part-time work and underemployment Now that the election has been won, suddenly employer groups and the government are talking up the need for industrial relations “reform”. It is a push that, inevitably, is for more flexibility. But as the latest annual data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on labour force participation, mobility and job search reveals, this increased flexibility is a major driver of the current historically high levels of underemployment and the associated low wages growth. One of the things that is often forgotten amid the monthly unemployment rates is that, for the most part, people who are in work stay in work, and also mostly stay working at the same place. In the 12 months to February this year, fewer than 10% of all people employed changed employers – well below the record highs of the late 1980s, early 1990s:
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