Q3 2019 Employment Survey open for contributions

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The latest instalment in AIG’s Australian Geoscientist Employment survey series will provide data on trends in geoscientist employment in Australia during the third quarter (July to September) of 2019.    

Unemployment amongst Australian geoscientists rose during the second quarter of 2019 but continued a downward trend that has been evident in survey results since March, 2016.  At 30 June, 2019, the latest AIG Australian Geoscientist Employment Survey revealed an unemployment rate of 9.3% nationally, up  from 7.5% recorded three months earlier at the end of March 2019.  

The underemployment rate amongst self-employed geoscientists, however, improved, falling from 20.5% at the end of March to 14.9% at the end of June.

A high rate of long term unemployment and under-employment continued to be a concern, with more than half of the unemployed respondents reporting being out of work or unable to achieve their desired level of work for more than 12 months.

The survey takes only two or three minutes to complete.  You do not need to be an AIG member to contribute.  No data that could personally identify respondents is collected.  Contributions to the survey are required from both employed and unemployed geoscientists to ensure the relevance of results.  Your completing the survey really helps to make a difference to the standing and knowledge of our profession.

The survey will be open for contributions until 26th October 2019.  Every contribution adds to the reliability of the survey results.  

Sincere thanks in advance for your continued support.

Burnout at work

A short overtime sprint won’t kill you but, as data from World War One shows, consistently putting in too many hours at work hurts employees and employers.

A recent BBC report described esearch on working hours that suggests overwork leads to being less productive, not more. It is also associated with increases in cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other negative health effects, all of which can take a toll on work-related output.

In 1915, the British government established the Health of Munition Workers Committee (HMWC) to monitor working conditions and advise on matters such as working hours. The committee managed to collect a rich set of data that can tell us a lot about what happens when people work long hours.

The 2015 analysis of this data showed that as hours worked increased, output also increased, but only to a point. Output per hour peaked at about 40 hours of work per week and then fell, despite the extreme national importance of the work being performed.

One-hundred years on, the results of overwork don’t seem to be all that different for knowledge workers. Working too many hours backfires for both employers and employees, whether you measure by decreased outputs, lack of creativity, a drop in quality or poorer interpersonal skills.

More at the BBC Worklife website.

World War One munition factory making shells women weighing steel shells and testing their hardness April 1918 (BBC)

Geoscientist employment: Western Australia at a glance

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Geoscientist employment: Queensland at a glance

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Geoscientist Employment: NSW and ACT at a glance

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