The number of young people in any form of casual employment was estimated to have increased from 15% of 25 year-olds in 2009 to almost 20% in 2016.
Young people (18-34 years-old) represented 53% of gig workers, compared to 38% of the overall workforce
Almost three quarters (69%) of gig workers on digital platforms had a Bachelor degree or higher
Instead of working 9-5 in one job, young people are expected to have 18 jobs, and 6 careers over the course of their lifetime. Flexible work is ever increasing, with work in the gig economy increasing by 340% over three years. But even though we are working in non-traditional jobs, and workplaces, we still deserve to have access to good work.
What is good work?
To meet the changing requirements of an increasingly flexible workforce we need to lift the basic measures of work with a new approach.
We propose a Good Work Standard - a pathway to build new partnerships between workers, companies and institutions to redefine good work today.
Our four elements of good work, supported by a number of principles, scale up from essential to preferable. An individual may have different preferences across the Standard according to how they are engaging in flexible work.
Ability to secure work through an equitable approach to hiring/contracting.
Protection against discriminatory practices.
Protection against injury or harm.
Access to income security in case of unforeseen events.
Provision of support for personal or community events.
Fair agreements, contracting and processes for work.
Ability to earn a living wage, access to fair pay and standards for wages.
Access to opportunities for connection through work, representation and advocacy.
Access to opportunities for progression including ways to build skills and networks.
Recognition of skill development to increase portability of skills across work.
Fill in the following form to download our Flexible Workforce fact sheets. This is a great resource for sending to your employer that explains a lot of the information on this page. There is also an accessible version available for download upon submitting this form.
To learn more about Victoria’s Flexible Workforce, check out the full Good Work Standard Website here.
For information on your legal rights and your employer’s obligations check out Fair Work or contact them on 13 13 94. For occupational health and safety rights and obligations check out Safe Work Australia or your relevant state based authority. For information specific to young workers visit Young Workers Centre (VIC).
This project was funded by: