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Australians 'remaining in jobs for longer'

Australians are remaining in their jobs for longer, according to new figures.

Rather than moving between different careers, new figures show that more Australians are staying in their jobs for longer.

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that in February this year 18.2 per cent of people who were working had been with their current employer or in the same business for less than a year.

Meanwhile, the proportion of people in the same workplace for over five years rose from 41.3 per cent in 2008 to 44 per cent in 2012 and 44.4 per cent this year.

Many people are choosing to reside in the same role as they wait for the job market to pick up and more opportunities to arise.

ABS director of labour force, Cassandra Gligora, said that the proportion of people who had ceased a job during the 12-month period had decreased by one percentage point since 2012.

She explained: "People cease a job for many reasons. The Labour Mobilitiy survey found that four in ten people left their last job involuntarily, and of these almost half had been working for their employer or business for less than 12 months (47 per cent).

"The most common reason for leaving was that the job was temporary or seasonal (58 per cent)."

Posted by Steve Douglas

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