At least five people are applying for every entry-level position advertised, leaving Australia’s most disadvantaged jobseekers to compete for a dwindling number of suitable jobs, a report has found. Source: The Guardian.
Anglicare’s Annual Jobs Availability Snapshot, released today, found there were 5.49 people competing for each entry-level job, while one in seven jobseekers faced difficulties getting into work such as a disability or minimal education.
As the Government rejects calls to lift Newstart, the charity’s report said people were being trapped in poverty and receiving welfare penalties for failing to effectively look for work because they were forced to “compete for jobs that simply do not exist”.
To measure how many jobs are available for those without qualifications or work experience, the report compares the number of people engaged with the Government’s Jobactive program that are considered disadvantaged with the amount of low-skilled or entry-level jobs advertised at a given time.
It found there were about 100,000 disadvantaged jobseekers in May, of a total of 700,000, while there were only 18,200 low-skilled “level 5” jobs advertised. These jobs made up only 10 per cent of all jobs.
“As this snapshot highlights, there are simply not enough suitable jobs for people who need the most assistance to get them,” the report said.
Anglicare said the results were conservative because they did not take into account the 1.6 million workers who considered themselves underemployed over the same period in May.
The charity said the system was particularly failing people with disabilities, who made up about two-thirds of all disadvantaged jobseekers.
On Monday, Social Services Minister Anne Ruston again ruled out an increase to Newstart after a Food Bank report found as many as one in five Australians had gone hungry at least once in the past 12 months.
The Government says it is focused on getting those on welfare into work, arguing it is creating a record number of jobs and has also reduced the number of people receiving income support.
However, the average waiting time for a person on Newstart is now about three years. Meanwhile, the Anglicare report said most of the jobs created over the past two decades were out of reach for the most disadvantaged jobseekers.
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