Cutting the coronavirus supplement will push many to the brink

Expert modelling reveals hundreds of thousands set to go back below the poverty line.

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The Morrison government’s decision to cut the JobSeeker coronavirus supplement down to just $150 per fortnight will throw hundreds of thousands of Australians back into poverty.

Two different sets of modelling were released on Wednesday showing that the cuts, announced by the government last week and set to come into effect from January 2021, would be disastrous for many Australians who had come to rely on the payment.

Figures from The Australia Institute revealed that the decision would push an additional 190,000 below the poverty line, while Australian National University (ANU) modelling revealed a much worse fate, with 330,000 people expected to fall below the line.

The coronavirus supplement will be extended beyond the current 31 December cut-off, for a further three months but at a reduced rate of just $150 per fortnight, down from the $550 a fortnight when it was first introduced, and $100 a fortnight less than the rate at which it has been paid since 25 September.

The Australia Institute’s state-by-state breakdown shows the cut to the supplement will see:

  • 53,000 more people in Queensland pushed into poverty
  • 52,000 more people in Victoria pushed into poverty
  • 51,000 more people in New South Wales pushed into poverty
  • 19,000 more people in Western Australia pushed into poverty
  • 12,000 more people in South Australia pushed into poverty
  • 5000 more people in Tasmania pushed into poverty.

The Australia Institute’s Matt Grudnoff said that government risked undoing all the good work that helped many Australians through a difficult time.

“The JobSeeker supplement has been the only thing standing between many recently jobless Australians and poverty,” Mr Grudnoff said.

“(Reducing) the JobSeeker supplement will result in hundreds of thousands of Australian families being pushed below the poverty line – it means a struggle to put food on the table, to pay rent or service mortgages, and it will cause acute pressure on people in an already turbulent time. 

“No other government has ever lifted so many people out of poverty so quickly than the Morrison government did with the coronavirus supplement.”

He said the supplement had been an essential part of the response to the recession that had improved the lives of nearly half a million Australians and it was disappointing to see the government now intent on pushing them back below the poverty line.

“Punishing the unemployed during a recession, when there are more than 10 unemployed people competing for every one job vacancy, is simply cruel. Now is the time to support the unemployed, not punish them for losing their job,” he said.

The ANU modelling, which was released to The Guardian, forecasts that the number of people living in poverty would increase from 3.49 million to 3.82 million by January as a result of the cuts.

Ben Phillips, from the ANU, said that his modelling sets the poverty line at $370 per week, which is 50 per cent of median income, after housing costs.

The ANU modelling also takes into account Treasury forecasts that predict the number of people receiving the JobSeeker payment would increase from about 1.5 million to 1.8 million by Christmas.

Mr Phillips told The Guardian that the decision to cut the supplement risked creating different classes of welfare recipients.

 “You’ve got the JobSeeker rate of $715 per fortnight and the JobKeeper rate at $1200 per fortnight,” he said.

“Initially there was a gap of $380 per fortnight, now that’s really ballooned. Those on JobKeeper are above the poverty line, those on JobSeeker are below it.”

Should the government be doing more to encourage spending during a recession? Do you support a permanent increase to the JobSeeker payment? 

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    Johno
    19th Nov 2020
    10:12am
    Australia has the resources to do this as long as the very wealthy pay their fare share. I believe in rewarding knowledge, experience and darn hard work but multi-million dollar salaries and bonuses with so many tax lurks! What's that about? News for you people: you're going to die eventually and you can't take it with you!! Pay your taxes and treat your employees with respect and generosity and you'll be rewarded with even more success!
    sainter
    19th Nov 2020
    11:02am
    Good point Johno....will it ever happen no,there are people on big salaries that do the right thing and share the wealth for the good of the country....but there are more that are just greedy selfish care about only me..myself and I.
    Horace Cope
    19th Nov 2020
    11:43am
    I wish people would stop whinging about the so-called tax dodgers. The truth is that the top 10% of taxpayers pay 50% of the tax income in Australia. Big business pays all of the tax required by the current tax laws including income tax, payroll tax and royalties where applicable. Aim your complaints to all of the governments since Federation which have enacted the laws for collection of taxes, not those who obey the laws.
    Cherie63
    19th Nov 2020
    11:07am
    If Ben Phillips thinks that living on less than $370 per week after housing costs is below the poverty line, he should talk to some pensioners... I have $180 per week after housing costs, Ben... and I bet I’m not the only one!
    Johno
    19th Nov 2020
    11:13am
    Difficult Cherie. They have to help people like you improve your quality of life! Wrong Government in power to do that unfortunately.
    Incognito
    19th Nov 2020
    3:47pm
    Yes rent is the biggest taker of my income, along with the other living costs, those who think they can live on less than $370 should try it and see how hard it is. I can only afford the rent because my son lives with me while he is a student. He does not get rent assistance because Centrelink deems he is living with a parent.
    Lucca
    22nd Nov 2020
    12:17pm
    Rent assistance??? You are whinging about rent assistance for your son?? The majority of students study as well as work. I was one of those!!!

    Your son can get off his behind and find a few hours work - so can you.
    Jaydee
    19th Nov 2020
    11:47am
    Got to stop pandering to some of these so called job seekers who do not even attempt to seek a job. Employers all over Australia are struggling to find enough workers as it is and little wonder when our government is giving them enough so they can sit around idle.
    Nations service could be another option as well .
    NoFreeLunch
    19th Nov 2020
    11:50am
    Totally agree!
    Eddy
    19th Nov 2020
    1:14pm
    Total rubbish Jaydee. Like President Trump, you are wont to make outrageous statements without any evidence.
    I have a near relative who applied for a 3-day a week casual administrative job and won it. One of her first tasks after she started was to collate and file around 220 applications for her new job. Just before last Christmas a neighbour of mine was retrenched from his job at age 58 to be replaced by a labour-hire company who employed overseas students with a work visa. Not the first time I have heard of similar stories where Australian workforces were replaced by labour-hire.
    Seems these labour-hire companies sign-up students on contracts that severely undercut Australian workers conditions, like casualisation with no sick leave or paid holidays, reduced hourly rate, no penalty rates for overtime or working outside 'normal' hours and in some cases working on piece rates rather than hourly rates.
    Those Jaydee are the hurdles many willing workers face when applying for jobs. All our government can do is reduce assistance to the unemployed and give tax cuts to those who are well off. Sometimes I wonder how our Prime Minister can reconcile his touted Christian beliefs with such un-Christian disdain for the underprivileged.
    Incognito
    19th Nov 2020
    3:50pm
    You are not in the real world Jaydee, go and talk to those lining up at Centrelink and you will find the majority do want to work, stop putting them all in the same basket. 1 job for every 10 people, not possible for everyone to be employed and it will get worse it is predicted with so many businesses relying on JobKeeper and will not recover when that is taken away they will be registered as unemployed. Also need to consider the many who are underemployed but not registered on the jobless rate.
    Willie
    19th Nov 2020
    4:09pm
    I agree too Jaydee as hardly a day goes by without someone telling me they can't get staff.
    Incognito
    19th Nov 2020
    4:18pm
    Really Willie? I find that hard to believe, give me the proof, what kind of jobs and who with, how much do they pay, are they contract and temporary, because that is an issue for those on unemployment benefits it is very hard to get back on them without a long wait, so any money they save from working a few months over Christmas will be lost when they have to spend it while waiting until they can get back on the dole, this needs to be fixed, we need more permanent jobs with sick leave etc. Most jobs are now on contracts without any benefits.
    Lucca
    22nd Nov 2020
    12:22pm
    Jaydee is right on the money. It's you who are not in the real world. As long as there is a free lunch some will take it. There are jobs all over the place.

    Many students at my uni find them because they have pride. How come your son can't find one? As a parent, might be a good idea to look for a few hours work yourself to help out the poor diddums!!!!
    NoFreeLunch
    19th Nov 2020
    11:49am
    Let’s look at these payments without the hysteria.
    Jobkeeper whilst above the Jobseeker rate, is not only taxed but has no supplementary benefits ( this is always conveniently omitted from reports) Supplementary benefits such as rental assistance, free health card, electricity benefits, child payments etc and it is All Tax Free ( as opposed to Jobkeeper) I wish that instead of reporting about the unfairness of the two payments that the report gives as more information on jobs that Are available to especially the young. Which I might add are very hesitant to go for if the Jobseeker rates remain at a level that discourage job seeking. The government should make allowances for the seniors below age pension age ie maybe 50 and above. If you get a bunch of young people sharing houses or apartments and pool their unemployment benefits they will survive very nicely as is evident from the many previous years long before this pandemic.During the Depression ( not that I was around!) I was led to believe that people did what it took to survive and with little assistance from the Government. Perhaps different payment amounts for different age ranges? Especially as the prospect of getting a job diminishes substantially as you turn 50? No silver bullet on this one.
    KSS
    19th Nov 2020
    12:32pm
    No, you can't provide different welfare based on the age of the recipient. It must be according to circumstances and need with all relevant information taken into account. After all, there may be differences between a single 50-year-old and a single 20-year-old which may not mean the 50-year-old should automatically receive more or be treated differently just because they are 50!
    Incognito
    19th Nov 2020
    3:54pm
    You also have not considered that an unemployed person can work and earn up to $300 a fortnight before it effects their payment but they cannot get a job because there is too many unemployed and if you are over 35 Scomo has made sure that will even be harder while employers line up for the subsidize for 18-35 year olds.
    fearlessfly
    19th Nov 2020
    12:01pm
    So listen up all you dickheads out there who voted for these mongel Liberal swine last election, DON'T DO IT NEXT TIME !
    Mariner
    19th Nov 2020
    3:57pm
    You are that deep in ALP arses you better start sucking, mate. BTW mongrel does have an "r" in the word. Go back to school, you might get a job!
    fearlessfly
    19th Nov 2020
    5:57pm
    Dipshit! You might notice there's no capability to go back and edit your post when you realise you've made a mistake. And. BTW, I'm retired from my lifelong high tech career job in the IT industry.
    Rowena
    19th Nov 2020
    12:08pm
    “Punishing the unemployed during a recession, when there are more than 10 unemployed people competing for every one job vacancy, is simply cruel. Now is the time to support the unemployed, not punish them for losing their job.."

    Exactly.
    Lack of compassion and 'austerity measures in tough times' are part and parcel of the economic ethos (neoliberalism) that has promoted and allowed deregulation and tax loopholes for multinational corporations and the very wealthy.
    Wealth inequality has increased in Australia and globally over the last four decades with the myth of 'trickle down economics' (which relies basically on personal/corporate good will and lack of greed and selfishness to work...which clearly hasn't worked). There are some very fine philanthropists and ethical companies out there, but also many that aren't, that have a parasitic relationship to overall economic wealth and societal well-being.

    There is no shortage of money flowing around, it's just a matter of distribution, that requires a change of perspective in those governing ostensibly 'for the people, by the people'. Everyone struggling to get by could be lifted out of poverty in the proverbial blink of an eye, where there is the will and a strong enough desire to do so.

    It can be done...our neighbours in NZ have taken the first steps. When the current NZ govt came into office, one of the first Bills they passed closed corporate tax loopholes, bringing hundreds of millions of dollars more revenue to NZ per annum (which for a population of 4 million, is considerable).

    Biden's platform coming into the US election included increasing corporate and wealth taxes to tackle the poverty existing in the world's richest nation. If the USA goes that way, perhaps our government might get a bit more motivated?

    It's easy to be cynical, but historically, positive change can happen very fast...it just requires heart and will in the halls of power, coupled with a change of perspective.
    Horace Cope
    19th Nov 2020
    12:26pm
    Couple of points, Rowena, Biden's promise has to pass the Federal government and there is no guarantee that his promises will ever be more than that. Secondly, the NZ government is unicameral, no upper house of review and no state governments so any election promises don't have to be looked at by any other parties. In Australia positive change cannot happen very fast, any proposed legislation has to be passed by a majority in the Senate and in the case of the GST, all of the states and territories have a say in any changes.
    KSS
    19th Nov 2020
    12:42pm
    "Governing for the people by the people.."

    "In NZ..."

    "In the US...."

    A pity the focus is on countries other than Australia with very very different political systems, welfare systems, population, and even different societal problems. Australia must find its own solutions to its own problems and that should not automatically divest funds from those who have worked hard and built businesses just to satisfy those who didn't and now want the same spoils.

    There are always going to be some who need lifelong support and of course, they should have it. BUT they are the huge minority of our society. The rest need to put more effort into looking after themselves and their children. That means getting a job, putting the kids through school and stop thinking everyone else owes them a living.
    Scottie scott
    19th Nov 2020
    12:22pm
    Nice posting Rowena,a breath of fresh air on a Friday
    Johno
    19th Nov 2020
    12:25pm
    Agree.....great post!
    Mariner
    19th Nov 2020
    3:58pm
    Even good on a Thursday, only another 24 hours Scottie.
    KSS
    19th Nov 2020
    12:26pm
    The real problem is that people conveniently 'forget' the Government introduced TEMPORARY assistance measures that were originally to be in place for 6 months. That time frame came and went, handouts were lowered slightly and extended for another TEMPORARY period.
    What do people not understand about TEMPORARY?

    Whenever assistance is handed out people very quickly become accustomed to receiving it and in their mind it becomes a 'right' not a safety net. This is what we are seeing now. There are undoubtedly people doing far better during COVID than before. Savings have increased, debt has been repaid, credit car use is down etc etc. Where is this sudden wealth coming from?

    Jaydee is right too. There are literally thousands of jobs on offer around Australia but fit, healthy unemployed just don't want to do the work. Time to start applying pressure on those people and if they don't make an effort then they don't get the welfare at any level.
    Incognito
    19th Nov 2020
    4:04pm
    Credit card payments have been paid off and people are using After pay now.
    The temporary period that you put in capital letters was because they estimated it would be only six months of hardship during the pandemic, now it is lingering they need to extend it further, with many loses of businesses and 10 people per 1 job, we have long way to go before jobless rate goes down, it is expected to go up in the new year,
    Also if you are over 35 you have much less chance of employment due to the Jobmaker plan put in place.
    Jaydee is not right,not in the real world, the jobs you may be talking about are in the middle of the outback and highly skilled jobs, many people cannot handle living in such harsh conditions and away from family and friends. Housing is also and issue when you have to move for employment.
    It is not time to put more pressure on unfortunate people KSS it is time to support them more, and it is good for the economy. Economists have said it is a disaster to lower their income right not as it is keeping the economy going. It is not the unemployed that is saving money, it is those who usually take overseas holiday.
    Please talk to real people who have lost their jobs and find out the real problems they face. Majority of unemployed do want to work so stop putting them all in the same basket. It is not like the old days of walking out of one job straight into another it is months of writing hundreds of applications, fronting up for numerous interviews along with hundreds of others and getting rejection after rejection, which wears people down and sends them into a depression then seeking medication to cope, unemployed people have always taken the blame and it is about time we see it for what it really is and give them more support.
    Fair Dinkum
    19th Nov 2020
    12:34pm
    don't worry Queenslanders you voted for labour and the greens I am sure they will look after you if not you deserve what you voted for.
    johnp
    19th Nov 2020
    2:35pm
    problem is all the leaners in society (going by income); that is govt employees esp at the upper levels and C levels overpaid in private arena
    45er
    19th Nov 2020
    2:36pm
    Perhaps they should make them take the many thousands of jobs that can't be filled even if it means relocating and a change of lifestyle. Too many people think the Government (taxpayers) should do everything for them. They should be thankful for the opportunities we have in this country that are unavailable to many in other parts of the world. Instead of sitting around complaining they should be getting up and doing something about. As for the alleged highly paid experts wanting the governments to support their ideas and to justify their positions. If you what a highly paid job just call yourself an expert or have a speciality.
    floss
    19th Nov 2020
    2:57pm
    Yes Eddy what you say is true i have seen it in practice .A lot of labour hire firms are ripping off the people they hire and were created by our own government.
    Scottie scott
    19th Nov 2020
    3:11pm
    Yup,been through a lot of bustard arse towns where there is a Centrelink office ,no job opportunities,more than 4 people living in the house shacking the govt tree ,they are physically and mentally unwell,told to look for work with no job opportunities but are happy to receive each week ,enough money for pub lunch ,go down the jetty fishing ,cruise up to their mate and have a beer will you and I work 9 to 5 ,the partying has to stop and all govts are there fo a short time not a long time ,you number crunchers out there how much a mother of 5 under 15 ,she doesn’t work (obviously) has boyfriend on the side living in the house,also claim the dole ,what their weekly income compared to u and I working and growing trees ,this is not a isolated case,and I will not go and print other things but it’s got to stop,you no work ,no pay,prove why we should pay you (bit like accessing the pension) ,and if you qualify we may throw you a crumb or two ,it’s got to STOP
    NoFreeLunch
    19th Nov 2020
    4:00pm
    Never truer words spoken.
    I know someone with 7 kids under 17 with 3 different dads, collects unemployment and child benefits to the tune of $850 a week on top of all the extras whilst the father of No 7 lives with her on full time employment. We really do live in the ‘lucky country!’Whilst there are honest tax payers there will always be blood suckers who suck the system and I can assure you that this is not as uncommon as you think. So excuse me for not having a whole lot of compassion for our current welfare system for the unemployed. This comment excludes age pensioners, the disabled and other genuine cases.
    Incognito
    19th Nov 2020
    4:08pm
    They are the minority, what are these people supposed to do in their spare time sit around the house watching TV so you don't see them enjoying a little life pleasures to combat the depression of not being able to find work.
    Stop putting all unemployed in the same basket, such narrow minded, uncaring and ill informed people on this forum.
    Mariner
    19th Nov 2020
    4:08pm
    How do you propose to stop it, Scottie - you would need a fascist Govt like Franco's Spain was with no rights unless you work, no benefits etc. Suspension of voting for non contributors to the national good. Lived in a few places like that in Africa and they worked alright but WE HERE would not like it. If you have a solution put it up - I am stumped.
    Incognito
    19th Nov 2020
    4:15pm
    We are experiencing fascism right now Mariner, with all the rules put in place by all the Premiers.And with all the new surveillance being implemented it is only going to get worse.
    Incognito
    19th Nov 2020
    3:44pm
    This article fails to mention the loss of money to the economy.
    Mariner
    19th Nov 2020
    4:10pm
    Most folks on this forum do not worry about the economy as we are all dead in 20 years' time. Think about it!
    Incognito
    19th Nov 2020
    4:12pm
    And they don't have children or grand children?
    GBC
    19th Nov 2020
    5:50pm
    "the jobs you may be talking about are in the middle of the outback" so what, get off your backside and go look, you may even like it. 50+ years in the middle of the outback we are now comfortably retired. the opportunities are still here. Too many have lived the life of rielly while the government paid with no forward thinking. It is now "too bad, so sad" it is going to be tough,
    Foxy
    19th Nov 2020
    8:48pm
    ..... "get off your backside and go look"? Aren't you simply the "charm"!

    Not a compassionate bone in your body by the sound of it? Walk a mile in someone else's shoes - you don't know every individuals circumstances!

    You so smart - tell me then ...how is a person in their 50's + leave where they are living - what do they do with furniture/belongings/pets? Where do they live when they get to your "promised land"? Lots don't have a reliable car/or even a car? So can't even live in that when they "get there" - right? Where do they get the money to move to the outback/regional? What if the job of Fruit Picking or driving a Camel Train etc. doesn't work out - then what? They have lost their accomm. where they came from and are a bigger burden on society because - Guess What? - they are bloody homeless!!

    You have lived 50 plus years in the outback? Seriously? Well good for you! In fact have a Gold Star for excellence! lol It has obviously "fried ya' brains"! Either that or you are living in LA LA LAND!

    Unfortunately probably both!
    Incognito
    19th Nov 2020
    9:23pm
    I agree Foxy, so many people have no idea how hard it is in the real world,without the opportunities that they had when they were younger, times have changed, now all walks of life, all professions, and all levels of education are now unemployed. If you are over 35 you have a downhill battle with the new Jobmaker scheme, and you are left on the "no one cares about you anymore" once you are over 50.
    Everyone has a different story and different reasons for not being able to get work, time some of these people putting unemployed down to talk to real people, go hang out at a homeless shelter and ask, not all are alcoholics or drug addicts though many turn to self medication just to cope with our cruel society.
    You would think that this pandemic has woken up people to the reality of what is really going on, manufacturing gone overseas, and jobs being outsourced on contracts, list goes on.
    cupoftea
    19th Nov 2020
    5:51pm
    The least I pay a worker the more I make thank you TY
    cupoftea
    19th Nov 2020
    6:12pm
    It is a shame the way things are a person will get $300+ a day expenses and then he has to pay his wife a rent for staying in her house weekly are they on the dole NO they are Politicians
    Dave
    19th Nov 2020
    6:36pm
    You nailed it Incognito it is to hard to get back on benefits or a long wait this is why they wont take jobs.
    Incognito
    19th Nov 2020
    6:53pm
    Also if you save more than the threshhold while on a job, I think it is over $5000 you have to wait longer, great incentive isn't it.
    Politicians do not even get asset tested or their quality of work and hours put in audited.
    Scottie scott
    19th Nov 2020
    10:35pm
    Yup Mariner, it’s not an easy fix,those above my pay scale don’t know the solution,you have to ask what government we have now,they all need to sit down to take a piss,there is no real policy’s that you can say let’s go with that and give it ago,hells bells we have 25 million people so it’s not a major,fearlessfly,who would put into power when ALL parties are wearing the same undies,they all look afield looking if another country is doing better and if are we will copy,help me out what quality qualifications do you need to be a Polly,we need to broom all these top heavy idealistical buggers out and get more young thoughts...incognito I agree ,they want there identity back ,waiting in line is destroying lives and livelihoods,it is not their fault,initially not the governments either,we have a once in 100+year virus,so the buck starts at the top,they are the ones accountable and we lose not one dollar in maintaining our dignity,we are here for a short time,the government if they don’t stuff that have plenty of time to be in the black,we have been their before....ah Mariner I’m always ahead in time it is handy when playing the stocks and picking numbers for lotto...45er we are going to have a problem next fruit picking season,no backpackers,the fruit on the ground,no income for the growers,any of you fruit and vegetable growers out their,your comments will be appreciated,I will be participating next year traveling them market highway,if you are able and have the means you can earn up to $300 a fortnight on top of the pension ($7500+) a year,enjoy our great land traveling on the black top (you don’t need a 4WD ) use a good car or Ute and if you can afford it a reasonable caravan,the farms will let you stay their so you have peace of mind,you can eat as much as you want,and you get a top up on your wages,when you are happy and full move onto the next farm,you work to your capabilities,if you can work on your knees pick strawberries,if you can work only at waist height pick grapes,if you are able to go higher pick oranges,this good therapy for the body and mind,as they say variety is the spice of life ,we have a big issue coming up with the product going ground,I have a solution if you want to get of backsides you pick as much as you want earn as much as possible for this coming year only,after that it should be back to normal....shit maybe I will run for office (Scottie Party) far out if Biden can do it at 77 I should be a pup at 66.....no more ranting I’ve finished my whiskey,time to annoy the missus
    Mariner
    19th Nov 2020
    10:52pm
    Amen to that Scottie - good luck with the missus. Having a whisky right now.
    thommo
    20th Nov 2020
    8:28am
    Morrison and Rushton are just cruel and heartless. So much for their "Christian" values. What hypocrite.
    Scottie scott
    20th Nov 2020
    2:52pm
    Thomo,I’m going out on a limb here,please don’t shoot me ,but religion is not only a faith but a crutch for many individuals
    johnp
    20th Nov 2020
    5:02pm
    Agree with you both !!
    VicCherikoff
    21st Nov 2020
    8:05am
    As an employer, I never cease to be amazed at the people who answer my job ads. Sure, the job is a factory worker but we have good conditions and pick and packing foods is not arduous work. We have a great team environment and my current people have all been with me for 10 years or more.

    But I seem to see the bottom feeders of society come in because they have to tell Centrelink that they 'looked' for a job. Unkempt people coming for interviews with thongs on their feet and breathe that says "I can't afford a toothbrush''. Others bring their prayer mats as a statement. Others bring friends as they can't speak English and all so far are unemployable. Most have not read the ad, thought about what they could contribute to the business, what their strengths are, why I should employ them.

    When I was starting out to find work so I could cover the costs of a 5 year degree I worked 5 different jobs because interest rates were 17% at the time. I even bartered my time for experience in one of them. None of the jobs I got was in a field that I wanted to stay in but it paid my bills at the time.

    When I started to apply for professional positions I was competing with hundreds of others and many PhDs and highly qualified scientists while I was just out of Uni. The job I got was because I clarified my capabilities, knew the project for which I was applying and guessed at the employers needs for the value I was bringing to the position. I did my homework many times over and after 3 months unemployed, I got a job which was a stepping stone, not the start of a career. I did the same thing 6 years later when the money ran out on the research project and I moved on. That next job had 84 applicants for a half-time job but my preparation got it.

    There's something wrong with society when an employer has to waste time with useless, unmotivated, unkempt, ignorant people with an entitlement attitude. I don't owe anyone a job. I have jobs for those who want to work, fit in, deliver value to cover their cost in my business and who can present themselves in a way that would help me appreciate their efforts.
    Mariner
    21st Nov 2020
    9:53am
    That is the way we used to be in the 60s - it was expected to be well presented, clean shaven and above all: keen to start work as soon as possible! never even thought about welfare payments etc. Did not exist in Cape Town where I started work, no job no money. People learnt to be respectful as well as grateful for having a job. Times have changed and in my view, not for the better. Hope you find a good worker who does not waste your time.
    Incognito
    21st Nov 2020
    12:11pm
    You might want to contact your local MP and Fed Gov to voice your opinion on why they insist people have to report applying for so many jobs and then that leaves the people who really want the job, also job providers need to go IMO, waste of resources they send people to jobs that they are not suited to all the time.
    Find it hard to believe all the people applying for work are unsuitable. Maybe you need to advertise somewhere else, lucky you have a business that is still operating not like the many who have had to close.


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