Working but Poor? Low Pay and Poverty in Australia Eardley, Tony en_US 2021-11-25T12:34:22Z 2021-11-25T12:34:22Z 1998 en_US
dc.description.abstract There has been talk of a new phenomenon of 'working poverty' in Australia, whereby the levels and concentration of low pay are combining to see incomes in a significant number of households fall below the poverty line even where family members are in paid employment. The links between individual low pay and family poverty, however, are complex. This paper uses Australian Bureau of Statistics survey data to examine the growth of working poverty in Australia from the beginning of the 1980s to the mid-1990s. The analysis shows that low pay on an hourly basis does not in itself equal poverty, and the biggest increase in family poverty has been among employees not in low pay. Yet the proportion of low-paid workers who are also in poor families has grown to about one in five. It is not only a question of part-time or casual work. Poverty amongst those in full-year, full-time work seems also to have risen significantly, with a particular increase amongst single person households. In the light of these findings, the paper discusses the policy implications, including the possible impact of recent calls for a freeze on minimum wages in order to stimulate employment growth. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 0733405347 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1447-8978 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries SPRC Discussion Paper en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.title Working but Poor? Low Pay and Poverty in Australia en_US
dc.type Working Paper en
dcterms.accessRights open access
dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
unsw.identifier.doi Sydney en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofworkingpapernumber 91 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Eardley, Tony, Social Policy Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US Social Policy Research Centre *
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