Impact of casualisation on employers and employees

This assessment task requires you to research the impact of casualisation on employers and employees in “Retail” and “Accommodation and Food Services”.
Minimum 7 reference including at least three for each industry, discuss both the negative and positive implications of casualisation for employees and management/employers in your chosen industries. Conclude your report by critically assessing the following statement: ‘the growth of casual employment in Australia has benefited both employers and employees’.


The Impact of Casualisation on employers and employees


Until few years ago, the ‘standard’ or ‘traditional type of employment typified the employment market in the developed economies. May, Campbell and Burgess claimed that such work structure also dominated the industrial relations in Australia until recently when labour restructuring has led to critical changes in employment sector in established capitalist markets (4). The employment type changed from permanent and full time to casualisation as a way of cost cutting and to preventing employees from unionization. O’Donnell defined casualisation as the practice where employment changes from a predominance of permanent positions and full-time to casual positions (2). Studies show that today there 35 percent of all employees in Australia who work casual basis and are do not have annual leave and sick leave (Watson 6). Despite of being highly adopted in retail and nursing, casualisation has had both positive of negative impacts in these industries. Therefore, this essay will discuss the impact of casualisation on employers and employees in “Retail” and “health (nursing) in Australia.

Negative and positive implications of casualisation for employees and employers in retail sector in Australia

Australian retail is a very large sector based on its needs for more personnel.  SDA pointed out that it employees 13percent of the total workforce in Australia (2). The sector is the outstandingly diverse and host employees from discount stores, departmental stores and supermarkets. In the past, the sector had been hiring people on permanent and full time basis to devote their profession and time to providing high quality services. However, increase in cost of labor and economic fluctuation has made many retail companies in Australia to embrace casualisation (SDA 3). Some of the Australia retail companies which have adopted casualisation include Woolworths Limited, Aldi, Coles and Wal-Mart Australia. ……………….

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