Employment situation during Covid-19 outbreak

Mar 31, 2020

Q. Which of the following best describes the impact of Covid-19 on your work:

    Gender Age Group Location
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
I wasn’t in paid work before the Covid-19 outbreak 41% 34% 47% 27% 27% 65% 37% 48%
I was in paid work before the Covid-19 outbreak but am not now 19% 20% 17% 32% 17% 9% 20% 16%
I’m still in paid work but am worried about losing my job because of the Covid-19 outbreak 25% 28% 22% 31% 34% 11% 28% 18%
I’m still in paid work and am not worried about losing my job because of the Covid-19 outbreak 16% 18% 14% 11% 22% 14% 15% 17%
Base (n) 1,086 539 547 341 362 383 727 359
  • 25% of participants are worried about losing their job because of the Covid-19 outbreak and another 19% were in paid employment before the outbreak, but now are not.
  • 32% of 18-34 year olds say they were in paid work before the Covid-19 outbreak but am not now – this is higher than 35-54 year olds (17%).

Job security

Mar 26, 2012

Q. How concerned are you that you or some member of your immediate family will lose their job in the next year or so: very concerned, somewhat concerned, or not at all concerned? 

 

8 Jun

09

5 Oct

09

28 Jun 10

18 Oct 10

4 Apr

11

4 Jul

11

3 Oct

11

26 Mar 12

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total concerned

52%

49%

43%

40%

43%

45%

47%

49%

43%

55%

34%

Very concerned

13%

14%

9%

11%

11%

13%

14%

13%

9%

16%

8%

Somewhat concerned

39%

35%

34%

29%

32%

32%

33%

36%

34%

39%

26%

Not at all concerned

35%

40%

38%

42%

43%

39%

37%

36%

44%

31%

51%

Don’t know

6%

6%

12%

10%

8%

8%

7%

8%

6%

7%

9%

No employees in the immediate family

8%

5%

7%

7%

7%

7%

7%

7%

7%

6%

6%

Concern over job security has risen slightly since the last time the question was polled, increasing 2 points up from 47% in October 2011 to 49% (total concerned).

In the 12 months from April 2011, total concern has increased from 43% to 49%.

Coalition voters are the most likely to be concerned that they or a member of their immediately family will lose their job in the next year or so (55% total concerned), whereas Greens voters are less likely to be concerned (34% total concerned).

There were no major differences across income or age groups – except for the under 25’s where 41% were concerned and 48% not at all concerned.

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Concern about Liberals Bringing Back WorkChoices

Nov 21, 2011

Q. If the Liberals won the election and reintroduced WorkChoices or similar laws, how concerned would you be?

31 May 10 12 July 10 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Very concerned 28% 29% 26% 53% 4% 54%
Quite concerned 17% 19% 15% 22% 11% 15%
A little concerned 20% 16% 20% 12% 24% 21%
Not concerned 24% 25% 27% 6% 52% 6%
Don’t know 11% 11% 11% 7% 9% 4%

Respondents were also less concerned about the re-introduction of WorkChoices than last year. 41% (down 7%) would be quite or very concerned if WorkChoices or similar laws were re-introduced and 47% (up 6%) were only a little or not concerned.

75% of Labor voters and 69% of Greens voters would be concerned. 76% of Liberal/National voters would be a little/not concerned and 15% concerned. Those most concerned were aged 25-34 (47%) and aged 45-54 (48%).

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