Australia tops OECD for insecure work


By Leith van Onselen

One of the most striking trends that has developed across the Australian economy over recent decades has been the sharp lift in temporary employment, as illustrated by the following chart:

Whereas there were 5.5 full-time workers for every part-time worker 40 years ago, today there are just 2.2 full-time workers for every part-time worker.

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About the author
Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. He is also a co-founder of MacroBusiness. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.