Essential Report

Threats to job security

Sep 20, 2016

Q. What do you think is the biggest threat to job security in Australia?

  Total

 

  Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Work full time Work part time Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Free trade deals that allow foreign workers into the Australian labour market 31%   33% 24% 26% 37%   28% 24% 20% 32% 42%
Companies using labour hire and contracting out 23%   24% 24% 32% 21%   27% 22% 27% 23% 17%
The impact of technological change 18%   18% 19% 22% 19%   21% 21% 23% 16% 13%
High wages 11%   8% 18% 7% 7%   11% 8% 10% 8% 16%
Not sure 18%   17% 15% 13% 16%   13% 25% 20% 20% 12%

The major threats to job security were free trade allowing in more foreign workers (31%) and companies using labour hire and contracting (23%). Only 11% think high wages are most responsible.

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