Job security

Oct 18, 2010

 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
Total concerned 62% 67% 52% 49% 45% 39% 43% 40%
Very concerned 22% 24% 13% 14% 12% 10% 9% 11%
Somewhat concerned 40% 43% 39% 35% 33% 29% 34% 29%
Not at all concerned 29% 23% 35% 40% 40% 45% 38% 42%
Don’t know 4% 5% 6% 6% 8% 7% 12% 10%
No employees in the immediate family 5% 5% 8% 5% 8% 9% 7% 7%

 

 40% were concerned that they or some member of their immediate family will lose their job in the next year or so and 42% were not at all concerned – a net positive movement of 7% since the last survey in June.

 Full-time workers (40% concerned/48% not concerned) were more optimistic than part-time workers (53% concerened/37% not concerned). Comments »

Job security

Jun 28, 2010

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
Total concerned 62% 67% 52% 49% 45% 39% 43%
Very concerned 22% 24% 13% 14% 12% 10% 9%
Somewhat concerned 40% 43% 39% 35% 33% 29% 34%
Not at all concerned 29% 23% 35% 40% 40% 45% 38%
Don’t know 4% 5% 6% 6% 8% 7% 12%
No employees in the immediate family 5% 5% 8% 5% 8% 9% 7%

43% were very or somewhat concerned that someone in their family might lose their job in the next year. This was 4% higher than the March result but lower than previous results over the last 12 months. There were no substantial differences by income. Comments »

Issues related to workplace staffing

Apr 6, 2010

Q. Over the last 12 months, has the business you work for cut back on staff, increased staff or have staffing levels stayed much the same?

  %
Increased staff 13%
Cut back on staff 26%
Stayed much the same 57%
Don’t know 4%

N=532

Only asked to those in employment

For those currently employed, over half (57%) indicated that staffing levels have stayed much the same at their place of employment. 26% indicated that over the past 12 months, the business they work for has cut back on staff, 13% indicated that staffing levels have increased and 4% don’t know.

There were no significant differences in terms of public or private workplaces; however people employed in the public sector were slightly more likely than those in the private sector to indicate there has been a cut back on staff in their workplace (29% v 25%).  Comments »

Job security

Jan 18, 2010

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 6 Jul 09 31 Aug 09 5 Oct 09 18 Jan 10
Total concerned 62% 67% 52% 56% 53% 49% 45%
Very concerned 22% 24% 13% 15% 18% 14% 12%
Somewhat concerned 40% 43% 39% 41% 35% 35% 33%
Not at all concerned 29% 23% 35% 32% 37% 40% 40%
Don’t know 4% 5% 6% 6% 5% 6% 8%
No employees in the immediate family 5% 5% 8% 6% 5% 5% 8%

 45% of people are very/somewhat concerned that they or a member of their immediate family will lose their job in the next year or so, 40% are not concerned at all.  This is the lowest level of concern regarding job loss that has been recorded in the Essential Report since we began tracking this question in February 2009.   

 Females were more likely than males to be very/somewhat concerned over job loss (47% v 41%).

People in part-time work were more likely than those in full-time work to be concerned over job loss (55% v 45%).

Coalition voters were more likely than Labor voters to be very/somewhat concerned (52% v 43%).  Comments »

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