FIVE unemployed Australians are competing for each entry-level job and people with low levels of education find it increasingly difficult to find work.
This bleak picture for job hunters has been laid bare in two newly published reports.
Anglicare Australia has found just 15 per cent of jobs advertised across the country in May 2017 were considered entry-level.
About 711,000 people were unemployed in that month, including 124,000 job seekers only qualified for entry-level work.
To make matters worse, entry-level jobs have been drying up during the decade.
“Not only are they competing with each other for these diminishing jobs but they are also competing with more highly skilled job seekers,” Anglicare executive director Kasy Chambers said.
In a separate report released on Thursday, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare maps out the impact of levels of education on employment prospects.
More than 80 per cent of people with non-school qualifications were employed in 2016, compared with 54 per cent of those whose highest qualification was year 10 or below.
Two thirds of people in the workforce had a non-school qualification compared with 36 per cent in the late 1970s.
People with lower educational attainment were less likely to be employed in 2016 than they were in 2008.
The institute’s report also found it is becoming harder for young people to find sustainable or full-time work, even after graduating from higher education.
In 2017, there were 27 per cent of young people in full-time work compared with 35 per cent a decade ago and 48 per cent three decades ago.
At the same time, 31 per cent of people aged 15 to 24 were in part-time work, compared with 28 per cent a decade ago and 13 per cent three decades ago.
The number of university students working full-time within four months of finishing had also fallen considerably, while most of those who completed skills-based training managed to find employment.
Australia’s overall rates of part-time work are high by international standards, with only the Netherlands and Switzerland ahead in OECD rankings. In 2016, 31 per cent of all Australian jobs involved part-time hours compared with just 10 per cent in 1966.
The underemployment rate is at its highest level since the 1970s, accounting for 9.3 per cent of all workers, but this rise has been offset by a decline in over- employment.
Apprenticeship and traineeship starts in 2016 were at their lowest point since 2008, while completions were at their lowest point since 2002. Most of this decline was noticed in non-trade occupations, with the dip spread across all age groups.
Originally published as The Aussie job seekers being left behind