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SOURCE OF PRIOR KNOWLEDGE THAT JOB WAS AVAILABLE
Duration of looking for work
One in five (21%) of successful jobseekers spent between one and under four weeks looking for work before being offered a job. Some 6% had looked for one year or more, while 16% had not looked for work at all.
More than one-third (39%) of all successful jobseekers were young jobseekers (those aged 15-24 years) compared to 4% for those aged 55 and over. These older jobseekers were more likely to have spent a longer time looking for work than their younger counterparts. Some 15% of older jobseekers had spent one or more years looking for work before finding a job compared to just 4% of young jobseekers.
Those who changed employer were less likely to have spent long periods of time looking for work. Some 3% of those who changed employer had been looking for work for one year or more compared to 8% of those who were out of work prior to starting a job.
Some 45% of successful jobseekers had a post-school qualification while 48% did not have a post-school qualification. The remaining 7% of successful jobseekers were still at school.
Of all jobseekers, those with post-school qualifications were more likely to obtain work than those without a post-school qualification. Four out of five (82%) of those with post-school qualifications were successful in obtaining a job compared to 72% of those without post-school qualifications.
Persons starting their first job
There were 232,500 first job starters in the 12 months to July 2000, a 22% increase from the estimate for the 12 months to July 1998. Persons starting their first job made up 12% of all successful jobseekers.
The majority (69%) of first jobs were part-time and males accounted for just over half (52%) of all persons starting their first job.
More than one-third (36%) of successful jobseekers starting their first job had found employment as Elementary clerical, sales and service workers. A further 22% found work as Labourers and related workers and 18% as Intermediate clerical, sales and service workers.
One in five (20%) of successful jobseekers who started their first job spent between one and four weeks looking for work. A further 13% spent between four and under eight weeks looking for work. Most (58%) had obtained a job in their preferred occupation.
In July 2000, one in four (24%) of all jobseekers had looked unsuccessfully for work in the previous 12 months. Most unsuccessful jobseekers were males (53%) and one-third (33%) were aged 15-24 years. Some 60% of unsuccessful jobseekers did not have a post-school qualification.
More than half (56%) of the unsuccessful jobseekers had a preferred occupation in which they were seeking a job. Of those with a preferred occupation, 19% were looking for work as Intermediate clerical, sales and service workers and a further 14% were looking for work as Elementary clerical, sales and service workers. Of this group who had a preferred occupation, 71% contacted prospective employers in their job search and 46% were registered with Centrelink.
Jobseekers in older age groups were more likely to be unsuccessful. Some 40% of all jobseekers aged 55 and over were unsuccessful, as were 31% of those aged 45-54 years and 28% of those aged 35-44 years. The lowest proportion of unsuccessful jobseekers was in the 25-34 years age group (19%).
The majority (43%) of unsuccessful jobseekers had looked for both full-time or part-time work or had no preference, and a further one-third (34%) had looked only for part-time work.
Approximately one-third (34%) of unsuccessful jobseekers had spent the entire twelve months to July 2000 looking for work.
TIME SPENT LOOKING FOR WORK IN THE 12 MONTHS TO JULY 2000
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