You’ve probably heard about casual work and how it’s becoming more widespread. But have you heard about labour hire and outsourcing? This is where casual and contract staff members are hired out to work for other employers – confused? Let’s look at how it works.
Casual employment means that the employer employs and pays a worker when there is work for them to do, and there is no sick leave, annual leave or guarantee of work or regular hours. In place of this, employees are paid a higher hourly rate than if they were full or part time.
Some companies have taken it a step further and given the job of hiring staff to other companies (known sometimes as labour hire firms).
Here are some important terms to look up:
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Australian Curriculum Links:
Work Studies/Year 9/Career and life design: The nature of work
Describe the nature of work in Australia and the implications for current and future work opportunities.
Work Studies/Year 9/Skills for learning and work: Work skills
Investigate a wide range of occupations, and the skills and personal qualities required in these fields.
Work Studies/Year 10/Career and life design: The nature of work
Investigate the relationships between work cultures, work arrangements and the individual.
Work Studies/Year 10/Career and life design: Gaining and keeping work
Explain how diverse work arrangements are impacting on the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers.