Job security sentiment revealed


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New research from Roy Morgan uncovers the careers with the best and poorest job security in Australia.

The survey canvassed the views of more than 23,000 Australians aged over 14 in paid employment from 2013 to 2015. The research found that over the three years to December 2015, the majority of workers feel secure in their employment: 34% of people in paid employment rated their job security as ‘good’ and 17% as ‘very good’. Just 11% rated it as ‘poor’ and 6% as ‘very poor’.

School principals topped the job security stakes, with 54% believing their job security is ‘very good’.

Chief executives and managing directors came second (40%), followed by police (36%), ministers of religion (29%) and special education teachers (28%) rounding out the top five.

While the survey shows three types of teachers are among the most secure – special education teachers (28%), primary school teachers (27%) and secondary school teachers (25%) – vocational education teachers topped the list of jobs with very poor job security (22%).

Journalists and other writers came a close second, with 21% of saying job security is very poor. This is unsurprising according to Michele Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan Research.

“With most major news media, including Fairfax, News Corp and ABC, cutting back their editorial divisions over the period, it’s no surprise that journalists are among the most insecure about their future employment in the current organisation,” Levine says.

Database and systems administrators and ICT security specialists (18%) came third on the poor job security list, followed by chief executive and managing directors (15%) and housekeepers (14%).

Interestingly, the survey highlights the discrepancy between chief executives and managing directors, with 40% viewing their job security as very good while 15% say it is very poor.

Automobile drivers also ranked in the top 10 list of jobs with perceived ‘very poor’ job security (12%).

Perhaps similarly affected by digital disruption and fragmentation across new entrants, automobile drivers such as taxi drivers are also among the most insecure,” says Levine.

“Those in jobs that might often rely on external funding and public policy developments are also feeling insecure, including vocational education teachers, and medical and environmental scientists.

“It’s interesting that those working in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) roles are also now much more likely than average to cite job security as very poor.

The complete list is as follows:

Source: Roy Morgan Research

“Over the coming weeks we’ll be looking more closely at how job security affects the mental health of male and female employees, and the gender gaps in satisfaction with pay, recognition, and opportunities,” Levine concludes.


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