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We’ve achieved a ‘flexible economy’, but at what cost?

Bernard Keane December 7, 2017 3 Comments

Much of the big surge in jobs growth this year has come in the health sector. But it also appears to be the result of a flexible economy -- and while we've always been told that's good, it comes with its own problems.

US economy circling the drain

Alan Austin November 23, 2017 3 Comments

The US debt has shot up almost $65 billion in two weeks. These, and other numbers, are raising eyebrows among observers.

Time for the government to stop pretending wages growth is imminent

Time for the government to stop pretending wages growth is imminent

Bernard Keane November 17, 2017 5 Comments

If the government can stop obsessing about itself for five minutes, it might realise it can't keep pretending wages growth is just around the corner.

Is the ACTU telling the whole truth about a ‘living wage’?

Charlie Lewis November 3, 2017 8 Comments

The Australian Council of Trade Unions' call for a living wage in Australia goes against what they've asked for for the last 20 years, according to one of Australia's pre-eminent workplace academics.

Razer: dying for capitalism at our standing desks

Helen Razer October 26, 2017 20 Comments

Forget what you hear about the need for constant change in industry: it's all about staying exactly the same.

Michaelia Cash’s jobs figures don’t add up

Alan Austin October 20, 2017 6 Comments

The Employment Minister tends to boast impressive figures in her monthly report on jobs growth, but just a little digging turns up a lot of fool's gold.

Our leave entitlements have dropped to lowest point in years

Alan Austin October 12, 2017 13 Comments

Australian workers are suffering from declining entitlements, despite record corporate profits and high commodity prices.

The US economy, like so much else in America, is doing poorly under Trump

Alan Austin October 4, 2017 3 Comments

Trump's economic shortbus trundles along, but just barely.

Which jobs have the best wage growth?

Bernard Keane September 25, 2017 1 Comment

If you want a pay rise, probably best to avoid mining and construction for the moment, and probably not go to Western Australia either. Instead, look for a job in the power industry.

Stop worrying about automation: the real problem might be too few workers

Bernard Keane September 20, 2017 17 Comments

Ignore the employment doomsayers -- chances are we're going to run out of workers before automation causes mass unemployment.