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‘Highly disproportionate’: Australia’s casual workers bear brunt of job losses amid lockdowns

Report shows people in insecure, lower-paid positions suffered the worst of the pandemic’s employment impacts in 2021

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Casual workers bore the brunt of Australia’s Covid-19 lockdowns in 2021, with a new report finding they were eight times more likely to lose work than permanent staff.

The report by the Australia Institute’s Centre for Future Work also found casuals were not being compensated for their “insecure” work, with median hourly wages 26% lower than permanent staff despite also lacking other entitlements like paid leave.

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