Anglicare Australia launches Jobs Availability Snapshot: Long-term unemployment has become a trap

Anglicare Australia is today releasing its annual Jobs Availability Snapshot, which shows that the job market has been locking the same people out of work each year.

The Snapshot measures how many jobs are available for people who don’t have qualifications or work experience. It found that:

  • For every entry-level job, there are 26 people out of work
  • Of these people, 18 don’t have recent experience or qualifications, or they have barriers to work
  • Unemployment has gone down, but the number of people with barriers to work has not budged
  • These Australians spend almost four years looking for work
  • On top of that, 947,000 underemployed workers. They could also be competing for these jobs.

“Our system is failing those who need the most help to find work – people with disabilities, who didn’t finish year 12, or older workers who lost their jobs later in life,” said Executive Director Kasy Chambers.

“Our Snapshot shows that almost 560,000 Australians in this situation are looking for work. They are long-term unemployed, and they are being left behind each year.

“They need entry-level jobs to get their feet on the ladder, but there aren’t enough to meet demand in any part of the country. For each entry-level role, there are 26 people looking for work. People with barriers to work barely stand a chance.

“Even in a surging market, the same people are missing out. The right jobs aren’t there for the people who need them.”

Ms Chambers said the employment services system needs to be overhauled to help people who have been out of work long-term.

“Our Snapshot shows that we need to overhaul Workforce Australia. This system props up private employment providers and costs taxpayers millions each year, but it is failing at getting people into work.

“We need to create entry-level opportunities for people in growing sectors – like aged and disability care.

“And we need to lift jobseekers out of poverty. Nobody should be trapped in poverty while they look for work. “A key review has already called for an overhaul of the system. Our hope is that the Government makes the changes that people need, instead of leaving them behind,” Ms Chambers said.