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Media Brief - June 2015

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The purpose of this monthly report is to provide you with an opportunity to better understand recent news at both a macro & micro level, to understand topical trends covered in the media around the economy and the contingent workforce - both locally & globally, and to discuss how these may impact business in Australia and New Zealand.

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Media Brief - June 2015

  1. 1. A CXC Global Knowledge Initiative Monthly Media Brief Employment | The Economy | Contract Work June 2015
  2. 2. Introduction The purpose of this monthly report is to provide you with an opportunity to better understand recent news at both a macro & micro level, to understand topical trends covered in the media both locally & globally, and to discuss how these may impact business in A/NZ. 1
  3. 3. THE ECONOMY Below, a summary of the coverage around the economic outlook for Australia for the period: 4 June 2015 – 17 June 2015. .
  4. 4. The Economy AUDremainssteady Consumerconfidencefell sharplyinJune,reversing post-budgetgains Businessconfidenceisup, theeconomyishealing,asa furtherratecutunlikely Declineinmining investmentwillcontinue, andpotentiallyaccelerate ConsumerSentimentlowest sinceJune2015unwinding theboostinMaywhichis beingattributedtotheratecut Consumer confidence Decline Other components: • dwelling approvals • commodity prices • US industrial production • hours worked were flat as was the ASX in May (posting material declines in early June)
  5. 5. Infrastructure spending needs to be stepped up, for Australia to experience long- term growth. The economy isn’t at the speed the government or analysts had hoped for Greece and its creditors hardened their stances on Monday after the collapse of talks aimed at preventing a default and possible euro exit, prompting Germany's EU commissioner to say the time had come to prepare for a "state of emergency" Financial services big bonuses are back: 41% saying their bonus was higher compared to last year. 11% said their bonus was significantly higher while 30% received a ‘higher’ bonus Conversations around abolition of stamp duty have resurfaced, in light of the booming housing markets in Sydney & Melbourne. Alternatives for an expanded GST or increased land tax are also under discussion Threat
  6. 6. Pension reform: expected to pass Parliament 16th June NSW: $9B infrastructure project – Sydney Metro (light rail)
  7. 7. JOBS OUTLOOK Below, a summary of the coverage around jobs outlook for Australia for the period: 4 June 2015 – 17 June 2015.
  8. 8. Jobs Outlook Job ads rose in May compared with the same month last year. Job Ads Rise 1 But month-on-month job ads fell by 3.1%, partially reversing the 4.7% gain from April. Month-on-Month Ads Fall 2 Non-mining states recording the biggest increase in job ads, reflecting improving trends for the non-mining economy. More Jobs in Non-Mining States 3
  9. 9. CONTINGENT WORKFORCE COVERAGE
  10. 10. US GAO (Government Accountability Office) More discussion now around the need for governments to remain up-to-date with these changes as current legislation is deemed insufficient and not keeping up with the tally of independent workers. This article references Government’s data – which isn’t remaining abreast of the real tally of workers in the US. In reference to the ‘gig economy’, In summary, there’s a lot that isn’t known about the non-permanent segments of the workforce In the US, the ‘big economic problem no one is talking about’ hamstringing the economy outside of poor wage growth and swelling ranks of long-term unemployed The march towards 40% of America’s jobs being ‘contingent’ is getting closer – and describe these jobs as not particularly secure, and are made up of positions that require employees to work on contracts, on-call, or as independent contractors
  11. 11. Sources Economy & Jobs: 1. Consumer sentiment low http://bit.ly/1JWTcdJ 2. Mixed business outlook http://bit.ly/1JWTj9j 3. Financial Services: Big bonuses are back http://bit.ly/1dJsMQl 4. AUD remains steady http://bit.ly/1eQaf5U and http://bit.ly/1JWT9P3 5. Infrastructure growth http://bit.ly/1JWT4ed 6. Greece, RBA http://bit.ly/1dJsKrM 7. Stamp duty & land tax http://bit.ly/1JWV3PR 8. Pension reform http://bit.ly/1TsCZkR 9. Sydney Metro (light rail) http://bit.ly/1TsD5cq 10. Job ads flat but increasing in non-mining states http://bit.ly/1TsDxr0 11. Job ads remain flat http://bit.ly/1TsDNX7 Contract Work: 1. Flexpert Careers http://bit.ly/1TsEfVo 2. US policy makers not ready for the ‘gig economy’ http://bit.ly/1TsE6B5 3. Big economic problem no one is talking about http://bit.ly/1InET35 4. Increasing acceptance of contract workers in the US http://bit.ly/1TsEwrm 5. Beeline Plugin http://bit.ly/1TsFxzq 6. STP Payroll http://bit.ly/1FlMU0Q
  12. 12. Contact CXC Global Level 6, 9 Hunter St Sydney NSW 2000Address: Phone: Web: E-mail: +61 1300 724 082 cxcglobal.com.au info@cxcglobal.com.au

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