Posted June 05, 2018 12:38:33 If you’re looking for a new job, chances are you’re not looking at a job you’ve been offered.
Many people who do end up taking a new, higher-paying job after completing their degree, are choosing a new one with a different company, for a different industry.
“You’ll see contractors are being offered higher salaries,” says Ian Watson, an employment lawyer and adjunct lecturer at RMIT University.
“They’ve had to compete for that.
They’ve had more money to invest and more time to work out what they’re worth.”
A recent study by The Reserve Bank found that a total of 874,000 jobs were created in the past five years, a slight increase from 668,000 in the same period a decade ago.
But while the numbers of contract workers in Australia has grown, the number of those jobs has fallen in the last five years.
In 2015-16, there were 461,000 contracts being offered.
That fell to 469,000 last year, and is still well below the 468,500 people working in these roles in the early 2000s.
And while a lack of skills, especially in the software sector, has made it difficult for young people to enter the field, the numbers are not going to drop any time soon.
“The biggest issue with contracting is it’s not an entry-level job,” says Mr Watson.
“A lot of the skills you need are not necessarily going to come with a contract.”
What you need to know about contractingWhat’s the difference between contract and employee?
What’s a contractor?
What are some of the perks?
Are there any rules that apply to contracting?
What do you need in order to get hired?
Why are there a lot of contract jobs?
The number of contract employees in Australia dropped by 17 per cent between the years 2011 and 2016, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
In the past year, the Federal Government has started to clamp down on the practice.
However, there are still millions of contracts being worked out for a variety of industries, and many people aren’t aware of the consequences.
“I think people are getting a little bit overconfident in the fact that they know how much they can get paid,” says Ms Rizzo.
“They don’t realise the job can be a lot worse than they expect.”
What to do if you’re being offered a contract jobWhat you’ll need to do to get a job with a contractorThere are a number of things you need when you’re talking to a contractor.
They need to have a contract with a company.
They need a contract written with the contract language in hand.
And they need to be able to show they have the skills required to perform the job.