How to get back in the game
Posted On July 3, 2021
The dream of a dream job and the fear of losing it is one thing.
But for some people, losing their job has the same effect as being out of work for long periods.
It can lead to financial difficulties, anxiety and a sense of being unable to find a job that suits them.
It is a vicious cycle that can wreak havoc on a family’s financial health.
Dr Anne-Marie Aker, the chief executive of Australian Workplace Advocacy, said there was a need for policy changes to help people get back into work.
“There are some people who will not be able to work for a few months or even a year because of the cost of their illness,” she said.
“It is really important that people are able to return to work at a time when they are most comfortable.”
Dr Aker said the key to helping people manage the costs of illness was providing a flexible work-related leave scheme.
“People have different needs and different levels of income, so the scheme is really designed to help them navigate that,” she explained.
“What you are looking for is someone who has a flexible working-life balance and who is able to access that flexible leave at a given time.”
The scheme is available to employers in the public sector, the workplace, private sector and the self-employed.
Dr Akers said the scheme should be made available to employees in private, family and retirement schemes.
“The vast majority of people who need that leave are in public and private schemes,” she noted.
“If we can help people access that flexibility, that is really helpful.”
Ms Smith agreed that there was more work to be done.
“I think that we need to have more flexible leave available to everyone who is eligible for it,” she told the ABC.
“And that is something that we are going to have to continue to do.”
‘We are still very far away’ The Australian Workforce Survey in March found that nearly one in five Australians were not working, and the numbers are rising.
The survey found that the unemployment rate was at 8.9 per cent, with an average of 11.6 Australians out of the labour force.
“We are a long way from having that much of a workforce,” Dr Acker said.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show the unemployment rates of men aged 16-24 was at 13.9 and 16.6 per cent respectively, up from 11.7 per cent and 13.6, in March.
The latest ABS unemployment figures show that the number of people in work in Queensland fell from 8.5 per cent in February to 7.3 per cent by March, while the unemployment in Western Australia increased from 4.3 to 5.8 per cent.
“In terms of wages, we have still got a lot of slack in terms of labour supply,” Dr Javid said.