APSCo Australia seeks clarity
Association calls for split between professional contractor and casual workforce.
The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo Australia) is seeking clarity and segregation between the nature of true casual employment and the professional contractor workforce its members represent. APSCo has made the call as part of its submission to the inquiry into the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 (the Bill).
APSCo’s members represent in excess of 50,000 professional contractors across government and private enterprise in Australia. The association’s interest is to ensure that the professional contractor workforce are recognised as high net income earners in professional white-collar roles.
“Often engaged as independent contractors, these professionals are paid well above average award rates and represent a burgeoning sector that will undoubtedly contribute significantly to Australia’s economic recovery post COVID-19,” says APSCo Australia managing director, Lesley Horsburgh. “This Bill has the potential to jeopardise this professional workforce, resulting in significant impact to both private and public sector employers, and ultimately the Australian economy.”
While APSCo appreciates the attempts of the government to resolve ambiguities that currently exist within the Bill, APSCo has highlighted the weaknesses that currently exist in its current form, and called on the government to amend the Bill to resolve these problems.
APSCo will continue to advocate on behalf of its Membership and the wider professional staffing and recruitment industry on this important Government inquiry.