Job Mobility in Australia

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Australia’s job mobility is a long way from job for life- in fact it’s closer to three jobs per decade!

Today the national average tenure in a job is 3.3 years (3 years and 4 months), based on voluntary turnover of around 15% per annum.

If this plays out consistently in the life of a school leaver today, and assuming they start their working life aged 18 (in a part-time role) and are retired from all work by 75, they will have 17 different employers in their lifetime. Based on 3 jobs before upskilling or career changing, this means that they will also have 5 separate careers in their lifetime.

Job tenure by age group in Australia today

Age groupAverage job tenure
U251 year 8 months
25-352 years 8 months
35-444 years
45+6 years 8 months
Average3 years 4 months

Source: HILDA, Department of Employment.

Young people have always had greater job mobility than older workers. Four decades ago (1975) the tenure of Under 25’s per job was the same as today: 1 year and 8 months on average. However, what has changed a lot is that back then workers aged over 45 averaged almost 10 years per job (and why long service leave, set at 10 years, traditionally functioned effectively), while today for this age group it is 6 years and 8 months. In 1975, just 8% of those aged 55+ stayed less than a year while today it is twice this proportion at 15%.

The point is that young people have always had shorter job tenure than older workers, moving in and out of education, career changing, upskilling, and moving home which impacts on employment. What is unique today is that the bulk of the workforce is following the lead of young people with more retraining, career changing, home moving, and shifting from employment to self-employment (and back!) than ever before. Plus with the shift to a more flexible employment market, marked by more temporary staff, contractors, more parents in the workforce seeking flexibility based on their family arrangements, a more empowered and confident workforce happy to leave a job and try for something else, and with technology providing easier opportunities to be a passive job-seeker (through online recruitment, job search apps etc.), we are seeing, and will continue to see more voluntary workforce mobility. Four decades ago, just 1 in 10 workers was employed on a part time basis while today this is more than 3 in 10. And while some of the increased job separations have been driven by economic uncertainties, redundancies, employers shifting recruitment to contract roles, the biggest part of job mobility is voluntary, with job moves based on employment opportunity, life balance, or personal reasons more than twice as large as involuntary job separations (such as redundancies and temporary roles ending).

Housing mobility (where the average renter stays just 1 year and 10 months) is linked very strongly to youth job mobility (1 year and 8 months per job) and interstate mobility (the fastest growing state is Western Australia with a growth rate of 3.1%) is similarly linked strongly to employment opportunities (Western Australia has the highest private sector full time earnings and the nation’s lowest unemployment rate).

So in an era where job opportunity matters more than job security and where flexibility and mobility matter more than stability and job loyalty, the trends which have created shorter job tenure are here to stay. In an era of employment flexibility and empowered workers, employers can no longer rely on job salary and security to attract top performers and retain the emerging generation of leaders.

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare


Last 150 Articles


Tags

in the media food bank aussie culture charities Adelaide trend tuesday gender census 2016 leadersip newspaper commuting New Zealand in depth interviews report australian communities forum Australian Families logan 1980 cooking Royals snapshot click business index christianity celebration fears property development collaborative WA poor mccrinlde visualisation royal family lalor park SMSF tv wealth australians staying home more participants lifestyle curiosity office space mateship Australian Bureau of Statistics teachers public speaking divorce rate politics high density REIV Conference Social Trend innovation dreams affordable Hunter Valley household middle class divorce housing affordability social media global generation cancelling event networking financial future winter etiquette dream 10 years wealth inequality Willowdale local communities indonesia housing growth leadership workshop conference speaker shifts victoria commute trends of 2016 market research McCrindle Keynote Speakers friendship TED healthy future mccrindle in the media cultural diveristy norwest infographic wall January 26th car growth of sydney research pack list year 12 neutral bay case study belief charity budget social commentary spirituality giving ACF 2016 the hills shire define year 7 dessert #censusfail hills shire new office environment TAS state 2012 Generation X Western Australia eliane miles litter live the dream not-for-profit weekly earnings TEDx Kirsten Brewer employmer learn national crime rates non profit Macquarie University mortgage cloudy days future-proof Skilling Queensland public transport proactive real technology Australian Dream Births teleworking Bathburst schools high density apartments land of the middle class marriage the great screenage New South Wales February 16 story australian real estate demographic trends follow home ownership sydney speaker news cash kate middleton vegetarian finance IT Specialists ACF2017 1995 organisations teaching Financial Planning Association speakers pack resilience employmee sector debate grandparents organisational culture Australian demographics priorities work-life financial planning investor Territory meals income World Water Day mining boom ferry social enquiry jobs Elderslie-Harrington park national wealth ashley mckenzie university 24 million cancel plans darwin 24,000,000 Maxim Accounting researcher micro maiden Myth CPI workplace demographic plans emerging trends digital social impact social lives Research Director presentations Queensland: QLD SA ABS Jura Australia local rise of local school satisfaction house price rise sydney metro religion professional speaker rising house prices Do It Yourself office social train social issues baby census data events USA population faith and belief professional services Res Vis hello fresh EFF generations media rain area responsive growing population wealth and income personal growth 2014 ideas Education Future Forum generation alpha office opening Business analysis housing market NBRS Retail Work place omnibus easy rider twentyseventeen 2017 the changing face of family moderators guide award Sydney population house price 23 million younger generations impact global financial crisis local community Christmas season urban summer property price wolloomooloo mccrindle research happy holidays culture study Christmas data renting social shifts Love vegemite christmas trees acf15 conferences Gen Y work internet Population Clock Hornsby Shire Council VIC princess charlotte social analyst language NFP event digital economy leadership demography future of shopping education future report media release stats internship sun future of education 2009 gold coast communications brand experience global generations salary Australia street households mccrindle tea Christmas in Australia student selfie sustainable Andrew Duffin tips 2016 census cancelling plans keynote speaker Northern Territory Millennial gig Aussie property wages Wagga Wagga Vocational education speaker baby names australia report graphs entrepreneur Christmas day ease of travel sunny days education research HR faith speajer TEDx Speaker 1975 Tuesday Trends Christmas Stats owning a home Christmas day weather society hopes equip 2016 census results the hills research on coffee property market food community engagement teacher child care workforce wedding google for education optimistic Australian Population What is food insecurity? average aussie Assistant Store Manager sydney market survey design australian social research change census results JOMO brand travel aged care trends analyst new york times NEETs analysis average sydneysider toys optus gig economy dare to dream energy socialites social research forum engagement educhat social life trends of 2017 overcast investment futurist environmental scanning seasons Australian Home research report coffee social change research data townhouses bureau NT Australians employers data sydney property market innovative New Zeland national private wealth outsourcing 2016 cica gen alpha authenticity South Australia data analyst millenials huffington post house ethnography PSI 1994 Financial Planning Week Black Friday future proofing choice workers US earnings socialising cars census skills entrepreneurial rental stress megatrends sydney hills rule keeper slideshare commuters census fail infographic woolworths youth unemployment medicine education sector consumer tableau Black Friday Sales tea pharmacy spend donation young australians residents workshop stay home tuesday annual income clothing educated wage moreton bay VET sector sentiments shopper's pick work mates volunteers panel father's day daily telegraph australia focus groups perth internships christmas 2017 DIY qualitative research marriages business mobile financial independence DESTEL James Ward Tasmania Netflix Australian Census chairty population growth manly crime professional presenters SMART Northern Beaches Christian School Geoff Brailey urban development anzac brands couple experience brisbane showreel Mark McCrindle challenge suburban living supply and demand jobs of the future communities careers Charlotte Kiwi Christmas presents micro apartments potts point demographer identity Northern Beaches group Lower Hunter Region deloitte global generaion church forecast Tuesday Trend growth apartment builders not for profit research world employment cartodb university degree 1968 sydneycity financial fears safe contiki school sydneysiders marketing workplace culture conference HSC future of work 2020 online typical australian Cobbitty-Leppington screenagers eliane culturally diverse earning rumbling tummies holidays mother's day baby boom NBRS Architecture surnames faux-ciliser Wodonga education future Mount Annan-Currant Hill aged care puzzle long weekend future generations teach Research Executive high density living group session Crime Rates baby name predictions Deaths post rationalism Australian community trends paying to work sector wide waverton video goal australian Duchess of Cambridge hunger McCrindle Speaker faux-cilise Generation Y offenders communicate social analysis monarchy generation Z 2013 program social trends volunteering Mark McCrindle in the media weather survey parenting the future learning unemployment generational trends optus my business awards financial sydney event pharmacies tattoos "know the times" Foodbank Australia Word Up Channel 7 goals ultimo SRE nfp Christchurch men surname staff Canberra ACF17 demographic transformations education social commentator CBD capital city hills research groceries happiness career schools students TDE consumerism cultural diversity sunburnt country urban taskforce event mythbusting winter blues holiday sector wide study unaffordable social researcher relational Australian schools Caregiver women Gen X Sydney’s south west collaboration marrickville results house prices alpha parents money keynote product rent recap bondi ashley fell christmas Australia Day 2017 millionth urban living shbc Aussies renter of the future global customer high school Australian Trends purpose public holiday intern trend thrive children demographics greatness Australian communities Scouts data visualisation small business research services economy emerging generations social researchers investing suburbs mentor prince george school students affordability ACF insight names Jura Coffee 40 million sydneysider resource focus group australian community trends report baby name trends poker master Sydney Lifestyle Study entertainment gen z baby boomers infographics average Australian royal influence trends staying in transport public speaker china baby name Christmas research ageing English debt baby names report earn the australian dream baby names blaxland hobart Sydney Hills Business Chamber speakers cost of living VET society trends daily commute dreaming bus maiden names youth The ABC of XYZ Performance Sentiment Index leader breakfast Engineering Manager faux-cilising life shopping tertiary education who is generation z FPA volunteering data christian wealth distribution government nativity scene FOMO future living home australian communities trends report royal Black Friday in Australia trades emerging technologies cold not for profit media commentary engage publication the average aussie Real Estate housing ipswich capital cities System's Architect cost crows nest generation domestic apartments changing face of sydney Christmas lunch Financial Planning Association of Australia communication village ACT GPO award winner Wellington retirement Australia Day global retail sports media activity Hills Shire Council going out know the times financial dreams fresh google urban living index data analysis presentation screenage food insecurity The Daily Edition entrepreneurs of today sophie renton interactive ACT Report forecasting Lower Hunter quote Valentine’s Day wealth and income distribution grave decision students Real Estate Institute of Victoria demographic analysis work from home travelling training repayments learner Sydney keynote speaker friends statistics housing trends meetings population map buildings community event professional Northern beaches Event casual NSW future proof low density Sydney states easter criminal seasons greetings narcissism mover and shaker business performance wellbeing ageing population Channel Seven do people still change their surname after marriage? donate home owner professional development Understanding and Engaging with Generation Z McCrindle Speakers child hunger families personalities insights conference presentation increasing densification care support McCridle mythbusters community thought leadership economic suburb royal baby water the lucky country motivate TED talk coffee lovers Merry Christmas storytelling world youth day india Australian Communities Trends REIV National Conference balance millennials Gen Z Expert Melbourne facts visual mccrindle learning styles hornsby shopping centre young people volunteer research visualisation menai pyrmont rich city 2015 online shopping geomapping population milestone relevant

Archive