ThinkEvans’ research on the changing nature of working lives has had spawned discussion right around Australia this week – after an article on page 4 of the Sydney Morning Herald* on Tuesday, 10 April, quoting our research. (Read more about the research)
Radio stations in Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney and Perth interviewed Managing Director Carolyn Evans, with a range of questions about what this means for women in Australia.
“It is a classic story of good news and bad news, where the necessity to work as a result of insufficient super is the bad news and the current jobs market is the good news – we are fortunate to have ongoing prosperous times in Australia and there are jobs around. Some employers are also admirable in terms of inclusive policies to embrace employment of older Australians, there should be more of that!”**
Mrs Evans went on to say that: “This story is one that is several decades in the making – many women now aged 55 to 64 have had periods out of the workforce for all sorts of reasons. Not always to be mothers, although that is probably the most common reason. Many have been the first one laid off in bad economic times, back when that was still considered reasonable, and of course many have cared for an elder or a sibling who was in need of support.”
“It is also true that for a large part of these decades, women often did not have entitlements such as the superannuation contributions now required by law, nor were they paid long service leave and such. Combined with intermittent employment means that they now have a considerably smaller super nest egg than their male counterparts.”
Update: following an interview for Channel 9 News in Melbourne, Carolyn Evans, who is also our resident microeconomist, appeared in the lead story on the 6 o’clock news on Channel Nine in Melbourne on Wednesday, 18 April 2012. View the report
** As a footnote to the story, ThinkEvans has elsewhere advocated for better access to education and training opportunities for women not in the first flush of youth, as a very significant factor in capacity to return to work. Feel free to ask us more about that.