Half of Aussies worried about migrant job competition

A majority of respondents in all developed countries who took part in the latest Edelman Trust Barometer do not think they will be better off in five years’ time, with most believing that capitalism in its current form does more harm than good. Richard Edelman, CEO of Edelman, notes that in the 20 years that it has been measuring trust, economic growth has fostered rising trust. He says this is no longer the case in developed nations. From The ABC:

Despite strong economic performance, a majority of respondents in every developed market do not believe they will be better off in five years’ time.

This means that economic growth no longer appears to drive trust, at least in developed markets – upending the conventional wisdom.

“We are living in a trust paradox,” said Richard Edelman, CEO of Edelman…

Fifty-six per cent of the surveyed global population said capitalism in its current form does more harm than good in the world.

Most employees (83 percent) globally are worried about job loss due to automation, a looming recession, lack of training, cheaper foreign competition, immigration and the gig economy…

Nearly two in three feel the pace of technological change is too fast. Australia recorded one of the largest declines of trust in technology.

Australians were most worried about losing their job to the gig economy, followed by recession, lack of training, and foreign competitors.

The study also found a growing “trust chasm” between elites and the public that could be a reflection of income inequality, Edelman said…

While 65 per cent of the worldwide informed public (aged 25-65, university-educated, in the top 25 per cent of household income) said they trust their institutions, only 51 per cent of the mass public (everyone else, representing 83 per cent of the total global population) said the same…

Trust levels among the informed public in Australia were at 68 per cent, far higher than the 45 per cent recorded among the mass population.

Interesting to note that more than half of employees globally are concerned about job competition from low-wage migrants, as well as foreign competition more broadly:

These concerns extend to Australia, where 48% of employees are concerned about job competition from migrants:

Meanwhile, the overwhelming majority (68%) of surveyed Australians believe they and their families will be worse-off in five year’s time:

Overall, not a pretty picture with the majority of workers globally (and in Australia) rejecting growth economics.

Full survey here.

Unconventional Economist


    • Especially since a hefty proportion of people fill in surveys using a fair bit of virtue signalling and cognitive dissonance….

      Jim Chalmers (the apparatchik’s apparatchik) is not capable of reading the writing on the wall. The ALP is a party of foxes penned together with chickens. Middle class inner city virtue signalling is about to collide with working class values in a political value-smashing event the stuff of Large Hadron Colliders.

      It’s nuts. If the ALP will not protect Australian workers against cheap labour and wage crushing policies they are dead. It is the UK election result and a race to the bottom.

    • Labor’s elites are in safe inner city seats.

      They don’t want to rock anything.

      Make sure they don’t win a single seat outside the cities is the only solution leading to change.

  1. Too bad it’s the wrong half that is worried. As in not thieving politicians and thier thieving rich mates.

  2. I liked how the highest percentage of wage earners concerned with immigrants stealing their jobs ( 80 percent) was…..India.

    The irony is thick on the sub continent.

    • blindjusticeMEMBER

      80% of Indians concerned about immigration, where is theirs coming from? Is it from a neighbor to the north west? would that explain it? all the tensions there etc

      • John Howards Bowling Coach

        More worried about those flooding in from the North East. Have a look at recent migration news on non citizens in India.

  3. Ha Ha and the irony of newly minted taxi & Uber drivers whining about cost of living, rent & houses and newer migrants taking their jobs. Comedy gold. My mother Jin her late 70’s is just coming to understand about impact of immigration. Taxi driver made her ears bleed yesterday but she said he was lovely:))

  4. Jumping jack flash

    Australians need to get on the trolley!

    They need to start up their own service businesses and take on gigs using cheap slave labour at $10/hour. Charging out at least triple, or 4 times that rate, of course.

    I seriously want my wife to start employing a few of these in her business but she’s not too keen for now.

  5. I work in a large NSW government department. I oversea the resourcing of IT contractors for large projects and I can tell you guys the bulk of them are Indians. Recent arrivals and the bulk of them are being paid on average $1000 to $1500 per day rates. The quality is atrocious and only afterwards its clear they lied and dont hold the experience or skills they claimed in their applications and at interviews. Quite often they pull across mates as some of the existing ones end up on the interview panels despite signing conflict of interest declarations. One large IT program is so screwed up and way over cost and out of timeline expectactions because it is rife with these individuals. They sign them up as FTEs with no deliverables and outcomes in their statements of work. Most have been employed on average 3 years and the longest ones been here 5 years collecting hefty day rates and delivering nothing. Often when we advertise positions they quickly come round peddling other family members or friends. If only people knew the degree of wasted $$$$. If only we provided our youth a chance and provided our own people training and opportunities. Instead we import poorly skilled people. Pay them what they want then they bring over their extended families to pillage our government social services.

    • Your simply a racist. Now go into those bathrooms those Indians use and stare into the toilet bowl and surrounding walls and learn to appreciate what other cultures brings that makes Australia the great country it is.

      • Think outside the cubicle and start procuring toilet seats.

        If you have a poo in this country, you will get a poo.

    • boomengineeringMEMBER

      Linda, seems to be a across all vocations. Client of many year’s ousted a competent Chilean toolmaker to make way for Indian engineer brought in by Indian purchasing officer. The engineer is unable to operate the CNC wire profile cutter so the owner is paying through the nose for contractor to make dies. Now has been laying off staff and tightening the purse strings.

    • John Howards Bowling Coach

      I have done a stint contracting for the Fed Gov’t so I realise that it is not easy to do this. BUT my suggestion is to reissue the employment policy to insert a sentence that will be largely unnoticed but requires all staff in technical roles to undertake a regular test of competency and comprehension. Find a government approved testing regime that the under-skilled staff cannot pass and over a period of 3-6 months they are terminated without notice or compensation. There will be noise about it, but also insert an sentence to the employment standards that employees and/or contractors who are unable to pass the job requirements which results in delays in project delivery will have to participate pro-rata in the compensation for delays and failures. Of course you are unlikely to be able to use that 2nd clause BUT it is a threat that if they don’t leave quietly they will be forced to repay their wages for their failure to deliver.
      Glad I am no longer working for the Government, when I find someone lied about their ability in my company, we part ways quickly, unless they have the ability and willingness to learn.

      • Once they are FTE it is so hard to get rid of them. I’ve tried to get rid of several but management says it is difficult.
        Might mention that clause to my manager.

    • We import poorly skilled people because we have lot of fluffy bunch like change managers, project and program managers who don’t have the right skills to recruit people anyway. Mathematics and Computer science are beyond these fluffer’s capabilities

  6. This ridiculous capitalism vs socialism debate is simplifying a complex subject totally incorrectly. Capitalism obviously is a far better way for the individual to provide for themselves and family. For capitalism to work it must not be corrupted by governments. This is the problem. Bringing a lump of coal into parliament is one example, which is a fairly innocent example but it shows the influence the billionaires have on our democracy.

    Is the corporation a doctrine of capitalism? I have not read up the subject though I see it started in an unrelated way in Britain in 1718 with a totally different meaning to today.

    The problem with capitalism is the corporations act and the many changes through governments being funded by corporations who have also infiltrated governments.
    A blend of capitalism for the individual/ small business and socialism for the large corporations/ environment would be the perfect mix in my opinion. We already have socialist schools, hospitals, doctors, transport system. Used to have socialist banks/ power stations see how that turned out!

    I totally agree with Macro about immigration issues.

  7. John Howards Bowling Coach

    One of the questions I think is never asked when considering the type and number of migrants we take is what is the nature of their society and economy of origin? When you look at the country of origin of the largest current sources of Migrants to Australia it should be obvious that the nation is headed for trouble. India and China are not the places that anyone wants to move to, rather to leave, so it stands to reason that these migrants, bringing their own habits with them, are going to be lowering the standard of the society in Australia. We can’t really blame them, as personal change is a very hard thing for most, although evidently societal changes are far easier, with the numbers are high enough. If they really were bringing in so much vibrancy for the local population to indulge in and enjoy, why are the vast majority in Chinatown, Chinese?