EXTRACT from an article by Dina Bowman, Principal Research Fellow, Research & Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence and Honorary Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne and Francisco Azpitarte, Ronald Henderson Research Fellow Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne.
Young people use tactics not dissimilar to those used by older people to get a job, new research finds. But youth unemployment rates are much higher than other age groups – in October 2017 youth unemployment was 12.4% compared to 4.1% for those aged 25 or more.
Young and old job seekers both tend to adopt at least three job search strategies with the most common being: applying in writing, by phone or in person to an employer for work, looking in newspapers, on the internet or notice boards, and answering an advertisement for a job.
Young job seekers are more likely to be registered with Centrelink than older job seekers (53% versus 42%), while those aged 25 and over tended to rely more on social networks and employment agencies when looking for work.
We examined the way young people looked for work with data from the Household, Income, and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, which since 2001 has interviewed the same people – around 15,000 – each year. The interviews include a question for unemployed participants about job search activities they have undertaken in the previous four weeks.
Almost three quarters (73%) of the unemployed young people in the HILDA sample had applied for a job in the 4 weeks prior to the interview – which was a slightly higher proportion than overall (72.4%).
SOURCE: Bowman, Dina* and Azpitarte, Francisco**. “Young people still find it hard to get a job, despite using the same tactics as older job seekers.” The Conversation, 4 December 2017.
Dina Bowman*, Principal Research Fellow, Research & Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence and Honorary Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne and Francisco Azpitarte**, Ronald Henderson Research Fellow Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne and Research & Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence.
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