#MyCensus night is tonight! While it will be some time before we get the insights and information the ABS uncovers, here are a few key stats from the 2011 census (and some predictions for what may have changed today!)
We know over-work is a serious issue in many workplaces. Even though we’ve seen a small decrease in the number of Australians working 40+ hour weeks between 2006 and 2011, technological advances that allow us constant access to our emails 24/7 could mean this number will increase for 2016.
As we move more and more into a global, remote-friendly workforce, chances are Australia will continue to grow as a nation of professionals and knowledge workers. However, our technician and trade-based workers are still in hot-demand with projects like the NBN still in roll-out.
Interestingly, between 2006 and 2011 we had a drop in the percentage of workers employed as ‘managers’ (a likely fallout from the global financial crisis, perhaps?). Will we continue to see less managers now that we’re moving into the global ‘gig’ economy?
With more and more workers moving into freelance work and casual contracts, we may see this number shrink for 2016. Practically, this raises new opportunities and challenges for us in HR, as we now have the chance to get specialists in on-demand, manage remote workforces and even create a 24/7 operating office.
Despite rising climate change concerns and fuel prices, Australians were still driving to work more often than not in 2011. Will this number have decreased in 2016?
From a benefits point of view, it seems that offering car parking or car pooling options may be a really big winner for the majority of Australian workers. Next time you’re looking to work out your remuneration and benefits strategies, remember this statistic!
5 years is an eternity in the 21st century. We’ve seen so many changes in the workplace over this time, so chances are high we’re going to see some big changes our current perception of “the norm”.
Let us know what you’re expecting to see from the results in the comments below!