Deputy index reveals changing face of Australia’s workforce

A study by Deputy has revealed the average hourly-paid Australian worker is a 29-year-old female, paid $22 per hour, who works part-time in the hospitality industry and is likely to have more than one job.

Employee management tool Deputy revealed the information upon the launch of the company’s first Hourly-Paid Workforce Index. Deputy is used by more than 300,000 people and 50,000 workplaces across 70+ countries each day and the index draws from the data of its 213,000 Australian customers.

The index gives a unique overview of the makeup of Australia’s hourly-paid workforce: the characteristics of these working Australians, the businesses employing them and the trends affecting them.

The key takeouts of the first Deputy Hourly-Paid Workforce Index are:

The gender pay gap for hourly-paid workers is lower than the 15.3 per cent national average at 14.2 per cent. Male hourly-paid employees earn on average 50 cents more per hour when compared to female employees, equating to $1,221 extra per annum. Female employees must work one extra hour per week more than their male counterparts to close this pay gap.

Despite 79 per cent of employees using Deputy claiming they were impacted by 2017 Government changes to penalty rates, the needle has not shifted when it comes to the demographics of those working hourly-paid roles. The age, gender and amount of hours worked on public holidays and weekends have remained stable.

Young Australians increasingly want to work when they want, and how they want

The gig economy is sweeping the hourly-paid workforce. Almost a third (30%) of hourly-paid workers are working more than one job3, 50% of hourly-paid roles are in the hospitality industry.

Ashik Ahmed, Deputy CEO and co-founder of Deputy suggests Australia has reached a tipping point when it comes to how businesses are engaging with their hourly-paid employees.

“Young Australians increasingly want to work when they want, and how they want, with greater transparency and control. We need to help facilitate this shift, through providing the right tools to make it fair for both the employer and employee.

“With casual and ‘gig economy’ style work fast growing in popularity across the nation, the policies and workplace trends affecting casual, hourly-paid employees have risen to the top of the agenda for policymakers and businesses alike,” Ahmed suggests.

Ahmed hopes the Deputy Hourly-paid Workforce Index will serve as a guide to assist policy and decision makers to provide better practices for this growing segment of the Australian workforce.


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Cec Busby
Cec is the managing editor of KBB. She is a multimedia professional with 20 years experience as an editor on titles as diverse as SX, CULT, Better Pictures, Total Rock, MTV, fasterlouder, mynikonlife and Fantastic Living. She has extensive experience working as a news journalist covering all the issues that matter in the political, health and LGBTIQ arena. She is the Head of Content at Pinstripe Media and a recent convert to the world of small business.


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