The panel says it has reached the “provisional view that we should not set special national minimum wages for award free juniors or award free employees to whom training arrangements apply”.
It considers it “more appropriate to consider those wages in the latter part of 2010 “with a view to including wages for those classes of employees” in the 2010-11 review. “We stress this is a preliminary view,” it says.
Among research papers released, An overview of compositional change in the Australian labour market and award reliance by David Rozenbes from FWA’s Minimum Wage and Research Branch says some industries with relatively high award reliance also had relatively strong increases in the proportions of employment.
Changes in “industry composition” hit female, part-time and casual employment. Part-time and casual work had higher award reliance than full-time. “This would mean that an increase in part-time or casual employment would be expected to increase award reliance,” the paper says.
“Within the context of decreasing award reliance and increasing agreement making, industry, gender and part-time and casual employment indicators showed increases in labour market segments that had a relatively higher proportion of award reliant employees, in opposition to the general trend,” it says.
In another of the five research papers released, Earnings of employees who are reliant on minimum rates of pay by Tom Bolton and Troy Wheatley (also from the internal research branch) says workers on minimum rates are most likely to be employed as community and personal service workers, sales workers and labourers.
The occupational groups with particularly high percentages on minimum rates include carers and aides (particularly child carers), hospitality workers, prison and security officers. Others include hairdressers, wood trades workers, panel beaters, receptionists and delivery drivers.
Source: Thomson Reuters Workforce news, edition 1716.
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