It’s tougher now than then…
The refrains of “well, in my day, things were tough…” simply don’t apply to modern youth labour markets.
My own experience as a school-leaver presented me with full-time employment simply by sitting a series of “entrance exams”. I sat a Public-Service, State Bank and Commonwealth Bank “exam” at the tender age of 18 and was offered positions in all three.
The Canberra Times reports today
Young people are now an endangered species in the Australian Public Service, with outsourcing and changing hiring policies to blame, according to a public-sector employment expert.
Only 2.5 per cent of federal public servants are under 25, the latest figures show, and their numbers are shrinking fast – down from 5 per cent in 2007.
Under-25s represent more than 15 per cent of the total Australian workforce and the nation’s latest youth unemployment rate is more than 27 per cent.
More broadly, this debate resides in the role and structure of the modern work-force. Questions about quality transitions and pathways remain central in this debate.
It should be noted that the Non-Military Public Service average staffing level to Population Ratio for Australia has been in decline for quite a period of time.
A crisis in Youth Employment and Youth Employment pathways exists and needs to be addressed for the long-term prosperity of the country.