Overall casual employment can have a bad reputation with people: no benefits, no security and generally a concept that most workers would try to avoid. However, it is the case that one in four workers in Australia are classified as a casual worker. In this day in age, millennial workers are choosing casual work over work that is more permanent. The trend of casual employment in the workplace is becoming increasingly common. Although they way casual employment works may not be ideal for everyone, there are reasons why some people might prefer working casually over becoming permanent. 

Firstly, there needs to be an understanding of what it means to be a casual worker. There are no guaranteed work hours, paid sick leave or annual leave. The rights of a casual worker work in a similar way in that they too, have the right to leave at anytime unless there has been an employment contract that is registered and binding. 

If you are the kind of worker that is okay with these terms then casual employment may be right for you. Some entitlements that come with casual employment include a higher hourly rate of pay then that of an equivalent full-time or part-time position. Casual loading is also a benefit that casual employment provides. This is compensation for working uncertain hours and for work that lacks the benefits of a more permanent role. The minimum casual loading is 25 per cent, however this can vary depending on the company and role. 

It’s important to remember that after 12 months of regular casual employment, a worker can request working arrangement or parental leave.

Another benefit of casual employment is that if you’ve taken extended periods of time off work you can gradually gain experience in the field that you want. Employers are willing to employ less experienced staff if they’re is less commitment. This gives casual workers the opportunity to prove themselves and may ultimately lead into a full-time position. 

To find out more about casual work visit the Fairwork Australia website.

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