Stats show rise in full-time work while casual jobs stall

FULL-TIME jobs were the only employment type to increase in the past 10 years, with the rise of casual jobs in the 20 years to 2001 stalling, a Productivity Commission paper shows.

The commission staff working paper also showed that the rise in full-time work was strongest in the mining states of Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

While the increase in full-time jobs was not large, it was accompanied by a 2 to 2 percentage point fall in the number of self-employed Australians.

The paper shows the rapid rise of casual and independent contractors in the 1980s and labour hire workers in the 1990s did not continue during the 2000s.

Casual and fixed-term employees were no more prevalent in 2011 than in 2001, while the number of labour hire workers fell during the decade.

The report also found a rise in the number of higher-skilled jobs was most likely to have resulted in the small rise in full-time employees between 2001 and 2011.