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SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
Over half (52%) of those persons retrenched in the three years prior to July 2001 were aged between 25-44 years, with 16% aged between 18-24 years, and 10% aged between 55-64 years.
Just over one-quarter (26%) of males retrenched in the three years prior to July 2001 were aged between 35-44 years, whereas 29% of females retrenched were aged between 25-34 years.
The largest number of employees were retrenched from jobs in the following industries:
There is a relatively high male share (65%) of all retrenchments which can be attributed, in part, to the large numbers of retrenchments in traditionally male-oriented industries such as Manufacturing and Construction. A similar trend was also identified in the previous survey where the male share was 68%.
The industries which recorded the highest proportions of retrenchment, relative to the number of employees at May 2001, were Mining (25%), Communication services (19%), and Construction (16%).
PERSONS AGED 18-64 YEARS, By industry
(b) Industry data for employees aged 18-64 years are from Labour Force, Australia, May 2001.
The largest number of employees were retrenched from jobs in the following occupations:
For males, the most common occupations affected were Tradespersons and related workers (26% of all retrenched males) and Intermediate production and transport workers (15%). In contrast, for females, the most commonly affected occupations were Intermediate clerical, sales and service workers (31% of all retrenched females) and Professionals (14%).
The occupations which recorded the highest proportions of retrenchment relative to the number of employees at May 2001 were Tradespersons and related workers (12%), Labourers and related workers (12%), and Intermediate production and transport workers (10%).
PERSONS AGED 18-64 YEARS, By occupation
(b) Occupation data for employees aged 18–64 years are from Labour Force, Australia, May 2001.
Reason for retrenchment and prior notice
In July 2001, 42% of persons retrenched in the previous three years indicated the main reason for retrenchment was 'not enough work/job cuts'. Other commonly reported reasons included 'business closed' (18%) and 'change of management' (10%).
Over three-quarters (77%) of those retrenched in the three years prior to July 2001 were given prior notice of less than five weeks, with 149,500 (25%) given prior notice of less than one day.
For persons retrenched in the three years prior to July 2001, the most common agencies contacted for employment assistance were employers (285,900 persons), employment agencies (261,400) and Centrelink (254,900).
The most frequent types of assistance provided by those agencies included 'referral to an interview for a job' (157,000 persons), 'provided with a job placement' (156,400), and 'referral to a Centrelink touch screen' (130,700).
Note that those persons who contacted agencies for employment assistance can be included in more than one category. Similarly, more than one type of assistance could have been provided.
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