Extract from an article by Anna Patty
Single mother Raya Allan has been juggling three jobs to make ends meet since she was made redundant at the age of 51.
She is one of 750,000 Australians working second or third jobs as result of high underemployment according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics. There has been a 9.2 per cent increase in secondary jobs compared to a 6.8 per cent increase in main jobs for the past three years.
After nine-and-a-half years in a cleaning job, Ms Allan says she was thanked for her good work, given a glowing reference and dismissed in August last year.
Six months later, only $73 of her redundancy package remained after her regular mortgage payments were deducted from her savings. “I was really struggling,” she said.
Now aged 52, she has two cleaning jobs in Melbourne and does two hours of gardening for three clients every fortnight to supplement her income.
“I would prefer longer hours but I can’t take on other work because I finish one cleaning job at 1pm and have to be at the school at 3pm,” she said…(continues)
SOURCE: Anna Patty, “Workers juggling two or three jobs to make ends meet”, Sydney Morning Herald, 06 august 2017
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