Disadvantaged jobseekers are competing with more people for fewer jobs, according to Anglicare Australia’s Jobs Availability Snapshot.
The Snapshot looks at people who have barriers to work. They could be older workers who lost their jobs later in life, people who didn't finish year 12, or people with disabilities. It found that:
- Eight of these jobseekers are competing for each entry-level job. In some parts of the country that number is as high as 20 – and this assumes those jobseekers are competing only with each other.
- If all jobseekers are included, there are a staggering 106 jobseekers for each entry-level job.
- Many of the jobseekers we look at in our Snapshot have been left out of the JobMaker scheme.
- On top of that, 1.63 million people are now underemployed. They could also be competing for these jobs.
Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers says that more people are competing for fewer entry-level jobs:
“In this downturn, people who need the most help to find work are being left behind. Our research shows that eight of these jobseekers are competing for each entry-level job.