Women rely on ‘jobettes’ to earn living

A report into Tasmanian female workforce participation has found not only do women have fewer jobs than men, they are not getting enough hours.

The report by the University of Tasmania and the state’s main union body found almost 13,000 women would like more hours of work.

Roz Madsen from Unions Tasmania says women face barriers such as caring for their families, public transport around shift work, ageism and preferring casual or part-time work.

“They’re under-employed which means that they obviously are working less hours than they would like to work,” Ms Madsen said.

“In fact the researchers refer to terminology called ‘jobettes’, that are bits and pieces of jobs or bits and pieces of hours that people cobble together in order to have enough to live on.”



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