Job security

Feb 24, 2015

Q. In the next two years, do you expect your job to be more secure, less secure or about the same?

 

Total

 

Work full time

Work part time

Income less than $1,000 pw

Income $1,000-$1,600 pw

Income $1,600+ pw

 

Oct 2014

Total more secure

9%

16%

7%

13%

10%

9%

14%

Total less secure

29%

33%

30%

37%

26%

28%

31%

Much more secure

3%

3%

4%

3%

5%

3%

5%

Somewhat more secure

6%

5%

7%

10%

5%

6%

9%

About the same

58%

59%

55%

44%

59%

61%

50%

Somewhat less secure

17%

18%

15%

22%

14%

18%

17%

Much less secure

12%

11%

13%

15%

12%

10%

14%

Don’t know

4%

4%

5%

6%

4%

2%

4%

(Based on working people : n = 616)

9% (down 5%) of workers expect their job to be more secure in the next two years and 29% (down 2%) think it will be less secure – 58% (up 8%) think it will be about the same.

Those on lower incomes were more likely to think their job would be less secure.

Job security

Oct 21, 2014

Q. In the next two years, do you expect your job to be more secure, less secure or about the same?

 

Total

 

Work full time

Work part time

Income less than $1,000 pw

Income $1,000-$1,600 pw

Income $1,600+ pw

Total more secure

14%

16%

7%

18%

11%

15%

Total less secure

31%

33%

30%

31%

32%

31%

Much more secure

5%

5%

2%

9%

2%

5%

Somewhat more secure

9%

11%

5%

9%

9%

10%

About the same

50%

49%

53%

44%

53%

52%

Somewhat less secure

17%

17%

20%

17%

15%

17%

Much less secure

14%

16%

10%

14%

17%

14%

Don’t know

4%

2%

9%

7%

3%

3%

(Based on working people : n = 613)

14% of workers expect their job to be more secure in the next two years and 31% think it will be less secure – 50% think it will be about the same.

Only 7% of part-time workers think their job will become more secure. At least 30% of all work and income groups think their job will be less secure.

Job security

Feb 18, 2014

Q. How concerned are you that you or some member of your immediate family will lose their job in the next year or so: very concerned, somewhat concerned, or not at all concerned? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Aug 2012

Total concerned

55%

62%

48%

54%

56%

47%

Very concerned

22%

28%

14%

22%

23%

13%

Somewhat concerned

33%

34%

34%

32%

33%

34%

Not at all concerned

31%

26%

40%

43%

29%

37%

Don’t know

6%

6%

4%

2%

9%

8%

No employees in the immediate family

8%

6%

8%

2%

9%

7%

Concern over job security has increased substantially since the last time the question was polled, increasing 8 points from 47% in August 2012 to 55% (total concerned).

Labor voters are the most likely to be concerned that they or a member of their immediately family will lose their job in the next year or so (62% total concerned), whereas Liberal/National voters (48%) are less likely to be concerned.

Those most likely to be concerned were Victorians (61%) and part-time workers (63%).

Job security

Jun 18, 2012

Q. How concerned are you that you or some member of your immediate family will lose their job in the next year or so: very concerned, somewhat concerned, or not at all concerned? 

 

8 Jun

09

5 Oct

09

28 Jun 10

18 Oct 10

4 Apr

11

4 Jul

11

3 Oct

11

26 Mar 12

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total concerned

52%

49%

43%

40%

43%

45%

47%

49%

56%

46%

67%

38%

Very concerned

13%

14%

9%

11%

11%

13%

14%

13%

18%

12%

26%

10%

Somewhat concerned

39%

35%

34%

29%

32%

32%

33%

36%

38%

34%

41%

28%

Not at all concerned

35%

40%

38%

42%

43%

39%

37%

36%

32%

41%

26%

51%

Don’t know

6%

6%

12%

10%

8%

8%

7%

8%

7%

7%

4%

4%

No employees in the immediate family

8%

5%

7%

7%

7%

7%

7%

7%

5%

6%

3%

6%

Concern over job security has risen since the last time the question was polled, increasing 7 points from 49% in March to 56% (total concerned).

In the 12 months from July 2011, total concern has increased from 45% to 56%.

Coalition voters are the most likely to be concerned that they or a member of their immediately family will lose their job in the next year or so (up 12% to 67% total concerned), whereas Greens voters are less likely to be concerned (up 4% to 38% total concerned).

Those most concerned were aged 45-64 (62%), part-time workers (63%) and women (61%).  Among the under 25’s, 40% were concerned and 43% not concerned.

Job security

Mar 26, 2012

Q. How concerned are you that you or some member of your immediate family will lose their job in the next year or so: very concerned, somewhat concerned, or not at all concerned? 

 

8 Jun

09

5 Oct

09

28 Jun 10

18 Oct 10

4 Apr

11

4 Jul

11

3 Oct

11

26 Mar 12

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total concerned

52%

49%

43%

40%

43%

45%

47%

49%

43%

55%

34%

Very concerned

13%

14%

9%

11%

11%

13%

14%

13%

9%

16%

8%

Somewhat concerned

39%

35%

34%

29%

32%

32%

33%

36%

34%

39%

26%

Not at all concerned

35%

40%

38%

42%

43%

39%

37%

36%

44%

31%

51%

Don’t know

6%

6%

12%

10%

8%

8%

7%

8%

6%

7%

9%

No employees in the immediate family

8%

5%

7%

7%

7%

7%

7%

7%

7%

6%

6%

Concern over job security has risen slightly since the last time the question was polled, increasing 2 points up from 47% in October 2011 to 49% (total concerned).

In the 12 months from April 2011, total concern has increased from 43% to 49%.

Coalition voters are the most likely to be concerned that they or a member of their immediately family will lose their job in the next year or so (55% total concerned), whereas Greens voters are less likely to be concerned (34% total concerned).

There were no major differences across income or age groups – except for the under 25’s where 41% were concerned and 48% not at all concerned.

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Job security

Oct 3, 2011

Q. How concerned are you that you or some member of your immediate family will lose their job in the next year or so: very concerned, somewhat concerned, or not at all concerned?

8 Jun

09

5 Oct

09

28 Jun 10 18 Oct 10 4 Apr

11

4 Jul

11

3 Oct

11

Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total concerned 52% 49% 43% 40% 43% 45% 47% 43% 55% 38%
Very concerned 13% 14% 9% 11% 11% 13% 14% 11% 19% 7%
Somewhat concerned 39% 35% 34% 29% 32% 32% 33% 32% 36% 31%
Not at all concerned 35% 40% 38% 42% 43% 39% 37% 40% 34% 51%
Don’t know 6% 6% 12% 10% 8% 8% 7% 8% 6% 4%
No employees in the immediate family 8% 5% 7% 7% 7% 7% 7% 9% 5% 7%

Concern over job security has risen slightly since the last time the question was polled, increasing 2 points up from 45% in July 2011 to 47% (total concerned).

In the 12 months from October 2010, total concern has increased from 40% to 47%.

Coalition voters are the most likely to be concerned that they or a member of their immediately family will lose their job in the next year or so (55% total concerned), whereas Greens voters are less likely to be concerned (38% total concerned).

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Job security

Jul 4, 2011

Q. How concerned are you that you or some member of your immediate family will lose their job in the next year or so: very concerned, somewhat concerned, or not at all concerned?

16 Feb 09 27 Apr 09 8 Jun 09 5 Oct 09 18 Jan 10 29 Mar 10 28 Jun 10 18 Oct 10 4 April 11 4 Jul 11 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total concerned 62% 67% 52% 49% 45% 39% 43% 40% 43% 45% 45% 50% 37%
Very concerned 22% 24% 13% 14% 12% 10% 9% 11% 11% 13% 13% 13% 11%
Somewhat concerned 40% 43% 39% 35% 33% 29% 34% 29% 32% 32% 32% 37% 26%
Not at all concerned 29% 23% 35% 40% 40% 45% 38% 42% 43% 39% 37% 39% 47%
Don’t know 4% 5% 6% 6% 8% 7% 12% 10% 8% 8% 11% 5% 7%
No employees in the immediate family 5% 5% 8% 5% 8% 9% 7% 7% 7% 7% 7% 6% 9%

45% are very or somewhat concerned that they or someone in their family may lose their job in the next year. This is only a slight change (+2%) since this question was last asked in April.

45% of those in full-time employment and 56% of those in part-time employment said they were very/somewhat concerned.

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Job security

Apr 4, 2011

Q. How concerned are you that you or some member of your immediate family will lose their job in the next year or so: very concerned, somewhat concerned, or not at all concerned?

16 Feb 09 27 Apr 09 8 Jun 09 5 Oct 09 18 Jan 10 29 Mar 10 28 Jun 10 18 Oct 10 4 April 11 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total concerned 62% 67% 52% 49% 45% 39% 43% 40% 43% 39% 46% 42%
Very concerned 22% 24% 13% 14% 12% 10% 9% 11% 11% 9% 12% 7%
Somewhat concerned 40% 43% 39% 35% 33% 29% 34% 29% 32% 30% 34% 35%
Not at all concerned 29% 23% 35% 40% 40% 45% 38% 42% 43% 43% 44% 53%
Don’t know 4% 5% 6% 6% 8% 7% 12% 10% 8% 9% 4% 2%
No employees in the immediate family 5% 5% 8% 5% 8% 9% 7% 7% 7% 9% 5% 3%

43% were concerned that they or some member of their immediate family will lose their job in the next year or so and 43% were not at all concerned – a net negative movement of 2% since the last survey in June.

Those on higher incomes (40% concerned/54% not concerned for incomes of $1,600+) were more optimistic than those on lower incomes (46% concerned/40% not concerned for incomes of $600-$1,000).

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