ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

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Creating Opportunity or Entrenching Disadvantage? Report for ACT Anti-Poverty Week

Publication date: 
October 2014

Research tells us that the best protection against poverty is a full-time job. This report, a joint release by the ACT Council of Social Service and the Women's Centre for Health Matters, examines labour market trends in Canberra. It shows that, outside of public sector employment, industries with growing employment opportunities that do not require degree-level qualifications typically offer lower wages and relatively high rates of part-time employment. These are also industries where women are over-represented. Rates of pay and hours of work suggest that some workers in the ACT are likely to struggle to earn enough to cover their costs of living. 

The 6 page overview document highlights the key trends emerging from publicly available labour market data while the 16 page report provides a fuller account of that raw data.