Younger Aussies trashed by migrant visa rort

By Leith van Onselen

Analyst Conrad Liveris has picked apart the ABS’ quarterly employment data and revealed that younger Australian’s are finding it incredibly difficult to gain secure employment. From BuzzFeed:

Nine out of every ten jobs created for Australians under the age of 25 in the last year were part-time, according to research…

While employment growth overall was up, with 80,600 jobs created for people aged 15–24 in the last year, full-time employment dropped 11.24% and part-time employment grew 10.2%.

“Though the strong headline employment should be welcomed, the casualisation is nowhere near replacement rate,” Liveris said in the report.

“Over the past year, more than seven in every 10 jobs created for people aged under 35 were part-time, and more than nine in every 10 for people aged under 25″…

The Australian Council of Trade Unions has been campaigning against the casualisation of the Australian workforce this year.

MB documents the dire state of the youth labour market monthly. Since the GFC, overall youth employment has risen just by 0.1% in trend terms, way below the 7.9% lift in the youth population over this time, and full-time jobs are down an incredible 18.6%:

Youth underemployment also remains stubbornly high at 17.6%:

Whereas youth labour underutilisation – unemployment and underemployment combined – is a whopping 29.7%:

One of the reasons why Australia’s youth job market is so poor is because the federal government continues to pump the labour market full of migrant workers, which compete directly against younger job seekers. A recent RBA paper tacitly acknowledges this fact:

Graph 6: Temporary Migrants in Australia

The large increase in net overseas migration over the past decade has added significantly to the supply of younger workers to the labour market. More than half of the net migrants to Australia in recent years have been people younger than 25 years old. This can be explained by the steady increase in student visa holders. There are currently around 350,000 students in Australia on temporary visas (Graph 6). There are some work restrictions around those on a temporary visa, which also includes those on working holidays. For example, foreign students are permitted to work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight when their course is in session, and are unrestricted otherwise. Census data suggest that the participation rate of those younger people that have very recently migrated to Australia (2 years or less) is much lower than those who were either born in Australia or migrated some time ago. Furthermore, the unemployment rate of recent, younger migrants is also noticeably higher than for other young people. Taking these factors together, estimates based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) Characteristics of Recent Migrants survey suggest that temporary visa holders aged 15–24 represented around 10 per cent of the total labour force for this age group in late 2016. This represents an increase of 2 percentage points from late 2010…

Anyone disputing the deleterious impact on youth labour market outcomes only needs to consider the widespread vias rorts pervading Australia’s labour market, which have been documented on MB for several years. Here’s a quick summary:

  • For years we have seen Dominos, Caltex, 7-Eleven, Woolworths and many other fast food franchises busted for rorting migrant labour.
  • The issue culminated in 2016 when the Senate Education and Employment References Committee released a scathing report entitled A National Disgrace: The Exploitation of Temporary Work Visa Holders, which documented systemic abuses of Australia’s temporary visa system for foreign workers.
  • Mid last year, ABC’s 7.30 Report ran a disturbing expose on the modern day slavery occurring across Australia.
  • Meanwhile, Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), Natalie James, told Fairfax in August last year that people on visas continue to be exploited at an alarming rate, particularly those with limited English-language skills. It was also revealed that foreign workers are involved in more than three-quarters of legal cases initiated by the FWO against unscrupulous employers.
  • Then The ABC reported that Australia’s horticulture industry is at the centre of yet another migrant slave scandal, according to an Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into the issue.
  • The same Parliamentary Inquiry was told by an undercover Malaysian journalist that foreign workers in Victoria were “brainwashed” and trapped in debt to keep them on farms.
  • A recent UNSW Sydney and UTS survey painted the most damning picture of all, reporting that wages theft is endemic among international students, backpackers and other temporary migrants.
  • A few months ago, Fair Work warned that most of Western Sydney had become a virtual special economic zone in which two-thirds of businesses were underpaying workers, with the worst offenders being high-migrant areas.
  • Dr Bob Birrell from the Australian Population Research Institute latest report, based on 2016 Census data, revealed that most recently arrived skilled migrants (i.e. arrived between 2011 and 2016) cannot find professional jobs, with only 24% of skilled migrants from Non-English-Speaking-Countries (who comprise 84% of the total skilled migrant intake) employed as professionals as of 2016, compared with 50% of skilled migrants from Main English-Speaking-Countries and 58% of the same aged Australian-born graduates. These results accord with a recent survey from the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, which found that 53% of skilled migrants in Western Australia said they are working in lower skilled jobs than before they arrived, with underemployment also rife.
  • The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) latest Characteristics of Recent Migrants reportrevealed that migrants have generally worse labour market outcomes than the Australian born population, with recent migrants and temporary residents having an unemployment rate of 7.4% versus 5.4% for the Australian born population, and lower labour force participation (69.8%) than the Australian born population (70.2%).
  • ABC Radio recently highlighted the absurdity of Australia’s ‘skilled’ migration program in which skilled migrants have grown increasingly frustrated at not being able to gain work in Australia despite leaving their homelands to fill so-called ‘skills shortages’. As a result, they are now demanding that taxpayers provide government-sponsored internships to help skilled migrants gain local experience, and a chance to work in their chosen field.
  • In early 2018 the senate launched the”The operation and effectiveness of the Franchising Code of Conduct” owing in part to systematic abuse of migrant labour.
  • Then there is new research from the University of Sydney documenting the complete corruption of the temporary visas system, and arguing that Australia running a “de-facto low-skilled immigration policy” (also discussed here at the ABC).
  • In late June the government released new laws to combat modern slavery which, bizarrely, imposed zero punishment for enslaving coolies.
  • Over the past few weeks we’ve witnessed widespread visa rorting across cafes and restaurants, including among high end establishments like the Rockpool Group.

Note that nearly all of these jobs are unskilled and competing directly with local youth.

Meanwhile, The Guardian’s Greg Jericho reports that jobs growth has been strong in part because households have had to take on two part-time jobs to make ends meet:

There are actually more jobs than employed people because some people work more than one job…

Over the seven years from September 2010 to September 2017, the number of people working has risen by 11.1%, but the number of people working in secondary jobs has risen by 13.8%.

In the 12 months to September last year, secondary jobs grew by 7% compared with 2.8% growth in “main jobs”…

The growth of secondary jobs accounted for 15% of all new jobs in that 12-month period – which is a stunning amount, given even with this surge, only 7% of employees work more than one job…

The only reason you work a second job is because your main job is not paying enough money, either due to a low base rate of pay or too few hours.

The fact is, if you’re going to run a massive citizenship export sector explicitly targeting youth in an economy with serious overcapacity, and allow it to destroy industrial relations standards to boot, then you’d have to be either utterly corrupt or a complete idiot to expect anything other than higher youth unemployment and underemployment:

Add the inflationary impact on housing, the crush-loading of future public services, as well as environmental destruction that comes from mass immigration, and it’s clear that young Australians are being royally shafted.

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  1. and yet they are still its most vociferous supporters. my fellow millenials are their own jailers. the house slave generation.

    • Not much immigration into Dubbo I would have thought – so they do not see it as a problem.

      90% of the immigrants go to SYD and MEL but young voters here are profoundly ignorant.

    • Too true. But you can’t even have a principle based discussion with them without being labelled a racist. And if anyone with a contrary view tries to speak to them at a university, they protest and disrupt or prevent the speech, and when from overseas protest the granting of an entry visa to the speaker. And they apparently need access to uni counselling services at the thought that someone with a contrary view to one they have will be on campus somewhere speaking. Maybe they’re best left to their big immigration ponzi and part time work. It’s almost a kindness just to let them live in their protective mental bubble. Like a tramp who believes he’s Napoleon. Just smile and say ‘bonjour’.

    • Indeed they are, so perhaps they deserve what they get. They associate anyone who is anti-population ponzi as racist. Simply posting a link to an article on this site will get you banned by Reddit.

    • Correct.

      Peace, butterflies, social justice and love for all.

      Immigrants should take all we have! Money is free!

  2. The only make work program that might be safe from rorting (as seen with Pink Batts, school halls, NDIS) is one in which unemployed voters are paid to come into a building, send 50 faxes per day and go home.

    Can not pay them a full time salary, so they must be allowed to go home after 4 hours.

    How much does it cost to rent a cubicle for 12 months?

  3. The fact that the majority of people want a slow down in migration just shows how captured the politicians are to the growth cult or the open borders cult.
    Leith, your quick summary is pretty damming, but given the lack of protest, it has become the business model. I remember reading the Grapes of Wrath as a teenager and I am slowly watching Australia descend into a similar scenario where we will import someone who will undercut a local’s wage.

    • I wonder how bad it will get before change or improvements happen.
      What political party, new or existing, will create the policies needed, and get voted in.

      I think there will be a lot of pain, possibly the “Rape of Australia”, before the change.
      That Fourth Turning stuff rings pretty true unfortunately.

  4. The ABS has released a new labour market data series

    One of the things it shows is that the relatively strong growth in employment over 2017 was somewhat of an illusion as much of it was accounted for by second jobs held by a single individual.

    • Carrying Uber passengers during the day and Uber food at night!

      Both jobs to be killed off in 2020 when driverless cars hit the road.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        I like to think young people might start to fight back,…thay just need a focus,…I think these driverless vehicles might get chosen by them, in the same way the IRA chose to conduct a damage to property and economic activity Bombing campaign,…without targeting civilians.

        No need to have a violent revolution where people are hurt,…just cause some economic chaos.
        No doubt young people will enjoy, uploading to YouTube, crazy and hilarious ways of running these cars and trucks of the road, into ditches and power polls,…even, burning them, hackers working out ways to drive them into rivers, or just making some cool guerilla art out of them, like some of our youngins enjoyed doing to those unsightly renta bikes they had everywhere,….what ever happened to them?
        Don’t see those bikes around anymore.

        If they find enough Solidarity with one and other, they could make these driverless cars and trucks a totally untenable economic consideration,…or they could just decide to toe the line and allow their rentless Sodomisation to continue,…it is amazing how much they are able to cop without striking back,…maybe they like it.

      • “2020 when driverless cars hit the road”

        Hah! …. yeah, after all, the NBN has gone so spectacularly well.

      • DiscoFingersMEMBER

        Isn’t there an old saying that civilisations need to provide a productive place for the younger generations or risk ending? For intance, aside from Twitter (/s), wasn’t the Arab Spring largely set off by the combination of rapid drop in living standards (e.g. food security) combined with a large pool of non-engaged young people with nothing better to do and nothing to lose?

        The other option that seems to get used is a war to kill them off. Now that we have equal gender rights, young women presumably wont be spared from the bullets next time if it comes.

      • … also, driverless cars! Ha! How well are those bike schemes doing? And, they haven’t managed to prevent people destroying the interior of buses and trains, what makes you think this is going to be different… when there’s no one to watch over.

        Cameras? Ha! One squirt of paint out of a can and you’re sorted.

        Walk in with a can of butane, crack it open as you jump out. Good luck!!🍀

  5. With the avalanche of arrivals

    Employers have no incentive to train school leavers.

    No Country for Young Men&Women

    • They could work for half the rate at Gerry’s horse studs. But, I bet even then, he would still not be happy.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        Maybe a more tech savvy comrade could start a #HarveyNorman boycott movement, targeted directly as a response to Gerrys Grubby statements about wanting slave wages.

    • Definitely No Country For Young Men.
      The push to enable and help Young Women on the other hand seems to be well out of proportion and is largely due to the fruits of Leftist Cultural Marxism via Feminist Activists, who much like our Australian reptilian fauna are amongst the most poisonous in the World.

      • DiscoFingersMEMBER

        While I’d rather not get drawn into bitter gender debates, I am genuinely concerned for my sons growing up in a world that actives seeks to disempower and diminish them for being boys.

      • DF; the facts are not bitter, the facts are just facts.
        If I was you, I would be careful about your sons being indoctrinated with Third Wave Feminist lies.

  6. blindjusticeMEMBER

    Todays news is that permanent migration has been slashed……..and people don’t see through the smokescreen

  7. reusachtigeMEMBER

    The main reason young people aren’t getting jobs is because they are too busy watching p0rn and playing computer games while high on the cheap unsociable drugs. Thankfully we are bringing in freshly imported human capital willing to work harder than them for far less money. It’s great for profit maximizations!

  8. I’ve seen this play out time and time again.

    Indian family comes out to Australia with one work visa (either with an IT job or without). They typically live in a share house with one or two other family units in an outer suburb. Spouse cannot find job in their vocation, end up with low/unskilled job (or no job). Sometimes the primary breadwinner ends up in a similar position. The migrants are sucking up both entry roles and unskilled roles normally filled by local youth.

    It’s harder for local kids as migrants generally are more desperate (higher work ethic), more exploitable (because they are desperate), more agreeable (normally quiet and don’t cause trouble), more ignorant (don’t understand local labour laws or family that do) and more available (again, desperation).

    I’m not slamming first generation migrants, but there needs to be transparency on the impact of Australian youth of current immigration policies.

    • Higher work ethic?

      25 year old Aussies are asked to compete against 45 year old Indians for an entry level job. The 3rd world passport holders will have 10-20 years of experience. After missing out, the 25 year old can compete against the 45 year old’s wife for a job and soon, her 20 year old kids for a job!

      But hey, according to Tanya Plibersek, at least the 25 year old got the “opportunity” to waste 4 years in “uni”.

      • reusachtigeMEMBER

        Your time would be better spent working harder to get a job than hanging about here and watching p0rn while playing video games!

      • Immigrants are more desperate as they normally don’t have family to live with if they are unemployed. Generally the youth of Australia have that fallback.

        I have been an immigrant before and know how hard it can be when there is no social safety net. There’s no place like home.

        So yes they are more desperate because it either means homelessness or returning to India with their tales between their legs and less money than what they had. They have also been surrounded by abject poverty and have no desire to join that demographic, most Aussie youth have no idea of what abject poverty looks like. Lines of starving people lying in dirt beside the road waiting to die. Wanting to avoid that is a good motivator.

        I know a guy who moved to the US from Central Asia, with no English and basically no money. Has worked his backside off and now owns a truck, has multiple jobs and has secured long-term visas for his mother and sister to visit. First generation immigrants do the hard yards.

        So grab your popcorn and watch Aussie youth unemployment rise to levels of 40-60% like in Greece and Spain. What will happen is the youth realise the game is rigged and leave, which really is awful for the country long-term.

  9. What do you recommend a millennial with a professional job who can’t move overseas does??

    Buy fistfuls of USD?

  10. kiwikarynMEMBER

    There are a lot of pundits out there hanging their hat on the property market not collapsing unless there is a rise in unemployment triggering mortgage defaults. That might be true if it were still 1987 when everyone had full time jobs and mortgages were a lot smaller. But when you are geared to the eyeballs, and half the country is reliant on a part time/casual/gig economy job they are already pushed to the limit, and the thing that will send them into default is not a total loss of employment, but merely a reduction in the number of hours worked.
    And in other news, Olivers today announced they are installing self ordering kiosks in their stores. Goodbye low wage workers.

    • It’s ok for the Greens to be close to them, but not other pollies if I remember what they’ve said in the past. I don’t care who it is however, all those pollies need to be on a watch register.

      The theme of the post has to be taken seriously as any parent knows who child is having trouble getting work. My daughter works two jobs, just to get a decent wage, and it’s 7 days a week mostly depending on shifts. At one of her jobs what’s being talked about here is what’s going on. Immigrants working for low wages and they are told not to talk about the rates. The owner often pays less than the hrs worked, and it’s always late. If you look at any pizza shop/cafe etc, the cooks are always immigrants. The councils persecute the cafe’s etc on lots of other issues, but let this slide…ironically, in my area it’s the Greens who value a tree more than a person.