Original article by Ben Potter
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 12-Dec-17
Skilled workers such as engineers and doctors have enjoyed average annual wage increases of 1.4 per cent for the past seven years, according to modelling by economists Janine Dixon and Nhi Tran. However, low-skilled workers such as cleaners and labourers have not seen any increase in their wages. Dixon says workers in this category will no doubt be tempted to blame trade or immigration for their plight, but the problem lies with automation and with not having the right skills to seek other jobs. Tran and Dixon contend that inequality in Australia will get worse if more effort is not made to boost the skills of low-paid workers.
VICTORIA UNIVERSITY. CENTRE OF POLICY STUDIES, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE. INSTITUTE OF APPLIED ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH