Addressing Unemployment and Underemployment Among Australians with Disabilities 

In Australia, the journey towards meaningful employment for individuals with disabilities is marked by unique challenges. At AimBig Employment, we recognise the vital importance of not only securing jobs but ensuring that these opportunities offer sufficient hours and align with the skills and aspirations of our clients. In this article, we delve into the crucial distinction between unemployment and underemployment. 


Understanding Unemployment vs Underemployment 

Unemployment remains a pressing issue among Australians with disabilities, often stemming from various barriers such as discrimination, inaccessible workplaces, and limited opportunities for skill development. However, underemployment presents its own set of challenges.  

Underemployment occurs when individuals find themselves in roles that do not provide enough hours of work to meet their financial needs or utilise their skills fully. While they may technically be employed, they are not gaining the full benefits of employment due to insufficient hours or roles below their capabilities.  

With cost-of-living pressures continuing to add fiscal burden to household sufficient hours is becoming a more frequent conversation. Industries such as hospitability, retail and health support work all appear to have a disproportionally high representation of people claiming underemployment. AimBig are working with Employers to better utilise skilled staff but there is also a fear from Employers attempting to gain a solid workforce so available hours are spread over more to keep a greater workforce pool of staff engaged.  


The Impact of Underemployment 

Underemployment can have profound consequences beyond the workplace. It can lead to feelings of frustration, low self-esteem, and financial difficulties. Moreover, it perpetuates a cycle of dependency on social welfare systems rather than fostering empowerment through meaningful employment. AimBig Employment recognises these challenges which is why our approach goes beyond mere job placement; we strive to match our clients with roles that align with their abilities and ambitions, thereby promoting long-term sustainability and career growth. 


Our Commitment to Bridging the Gap 

At AimBig Employment, we believe that access to suitable hours is essential for unlocking the full potential of Australians with disabilities. By matching our clients with roles that offer sufficient hours and opportunities for advancement, we empower them to achieve financial security, pursue their career goals, and actively contribute to their communities. 

As we work towards a more inclusive workforce, we invite businesses to join us in redefining employment for Australians with disabilities. By offering roles that provide suitable hours and opportunities for growth, businesses can tap into a diverse talent pool and contribute to a more equitable and vibrant society. 

Together, we can bridge the gap between unemployment and underemployment, one meaningful opportunity at a time! 


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