Essential Report

Increasing Productivity

Sep 23, 2014

Q. Which of the following would be the most effective way to increase productivity in Australian workplaces?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Full time workers

Part time workers

July 2012

Invest more in skills and education

29%

35%

26%

40%

22%

28%

29%

35%

More flexibility for businesses in how they employ and manage workers

19%

13%

29%

12%

16%

20%

18%

21%

More input from workers into how businesses are managed

13%

18%

10%

15%

16%

16%

13%

17%

Invest more in technology and innovation

12%

13%

10%

18%

16%

13%

17%

8%

Stop Government assistance to industries so that they are forced to be productive or close

9%

6%

12%

6%

13%

7%

6%

10%

Don’t know

18%

15%

15%

10%

16%

15%

17%

9%

29% think investing more in skills and education is the most effective way to increase productivity, 19% favour more flexibility for businesses in how they employ and manage workers and 13% nominated more input from workers into how businesses are managed.

35% of Labor voters and 40% of Greens voters favour investing in skills and education while 29% of Liberal/National voters favour more flexibility for businesses in how they employ and manage workers.

Main changes since this question was asked in July 2012 are a drop for invest more in skills and education (down 6% to 29%) and an increase in those who could not give an opinion (up 9% to 18%).

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