Around a quarter of Aussies (who are lucky enough to still find themselves in work) are now working fewer hours per week because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A new survey from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed that while around 25 per cent of Aussies are working fewer hours across the week, 12 per cent are working more, because of the coronavirus.

Of those working fewer hours, 60 per cent have pointed to a reduction of the amount of work being made available by their employer.

Over 1,000 people were surveyed during the first week of April. It also found that around 3.0 per cent of people who had a job in early March no longer had one by early April.

Meanwhile, 98 per cent of respondents said that they were practising social distancing, with 88 per cent of people reportedly avoiding public spaces and events.

The survey is not comparable to the ABS’s official measures of unemployment and the labour force, with the most recent unemployment rates released by the bureau largely unaffected by the pandemic.

 

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