Future of Work

Research Monitor

January 2016 full year data
What we have learnt

Airtasker’s third future of work study has identified a key shift in the mindset of the Australian worker. The data shows that the idea of attaining a work-life balance is no longer about the amount of hours worked. It’s about getting the most out of your free time, and maximising your earning potential by working smarter.

Now that Australian workers can earn a sizeable, reliable income whilst maintaining a flexible lifestyle by working on sharing economy platforms, traditional employers will need to think about how they create an equally enticing work environment.

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What is the effect of working in a more flexible environment?

Over the history of the study, Australians have consistently indicated that increased workplace flexibility leads to increased productivity and enjoyment at work.

Increased productivity and motivation

36.8%

Increased enjoyment at work

40.4%

Decreased productivity

5.3%

Decreased employee engagement

4.0%

Decreased enjoyment at work

0.6%

It makes no difference

13.0%

Are you familiar with sharing economy services (for example Uber, AirBnB, Airtasker, GoGet, CarNextDoor)?

Awareness of the sharing economy rose 4.4 per cent in the past six months since the last study.

49.2%

50.8%

Pay

37.2%

Flexibility to choose hours

38.7%

Predictability of work

8.9%

Satisfaction of helping others

15.3%

What is the most important thing for you in a job?

For the first time, flexibility of hours overtook pay as the most important factor for workers in a job.

Pay

37.2%

Flexibility to choose hours

38.7%

Predictability of work

8.9%

Satisfaction of helping others

15.3%

Younger users are much more likely to consider using "on-demand" apps as a way to earn some extra money in 2016.

18/24
  • Yes 61.4%
  • No 38.6%
25/34
  • Yes 59.6%
  • No 40.4%
35/44
  • Yes 56.5%
  • No 43.5%
45/54
  • Yes 47.8%
  • No 52.2%
55/64
  • Yes 44.7%
  • No 55.3%
+65
  • Yes 27.8%
  • No 72.2%

Which statement best describes your views around chores and housework?

Over 50 per cent of Australian’s feel that their housework is eating into their free time.

30.2%

I manage to get all the housework done, but it limits my free time

29.2%

My level of chores and housework is not a concern for me

26.9%

There are not enough hours in the day to get everything done

13.8%

I can easily get all of my chores done with plenty of time to spare

Have you ever outsourced your housework (hired a cleaner, gardener, handyman for example) in the past?

70%

30%

To what extent do you agree/disagree with the following statement?

"The flexibility of freelancing / working for yourself would make up for the lack of certainty / predictability of the work"

Strongly disagree

4.4%

Disagree

22.7%

Moderately Agree

59.1%

Strongly Agree

13.8%

Including any extra part-time or freelance jobs, how many hours do you work per work-week?

The majority of Australian’s are working less than a 30 hours per week.

To what extent do you agree/disagree with the following statement?

"The traditional employment model of the 9-5 office job is inflexible for workers in 2016 and into the future"

Strongly disagree

4.4%

Disagree

22.7%

Moderately Agree

59.1%

Strongly Agree

13.8%

Would you like an opportunity to earn some extra income to supplement your income in 2016?

The vast majority of Australians still aspire to earn extra income in 2016

Would you consider earning some extra money in 2016 using through apps/websites such as Airtasker, Freelancer, 99Designs, uberX etc?

6.1%

Yes, and I have already used these platforms

55.0%

Yes, but I have not used these platforms before

38.9%

No, I would not consider earning money on these platforms

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