Why 30-somethings are leaving mainstream work

Monday, September 04, 2017

Generation Y, those born between 1980 and 1994, are changing careers more than previous generations. They are post-linear in their job outlook, and will work across multiple jobs and sectors throughout their career.

They are an entrepreneurial generation, largely because they have the technology enablement to start businesses or to find new roles. They are able to plug back into education more regularly to upskill or retrain.

The flexibility of this life stage enables Generation Y to try new endeavours. They have a little more financial backing during this particular life stage, and they don’t have the same commitments as they move into their thirties as their parents did at the same age, like children and mortgages. This has enabled them to be more career mobile than their parents were at the same age.

The downside of heading out from a stable job to try something new is that it might not work out financially. The challenge of not having a mortgage to pay is that it can leave the thirty-somethings, perhaps when they are in their forties, further behind financially than where their parents were at the same age.

And so while it’s not as exciting to join the career ladder and climb the rungs, it does provide the benefit of long term earnings. Locking into the mortgage does have the asset-appreciation benefit, and therefore a retirement vehicle that we know is important as Australians move into the later years of their life. 

You can find out more about Mark McCrindle here, or to have him present at your next event, please get in touch

Happy working in the Gig Economy? Depends whether it's a choice or forced

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The gig economy is growing at exceptional speed, with the casual workforce now representing a fifth of Australia’s workforce. We're delighted to partner with Care Support Network to produce The Australia Casual Workforce Report, which shows satisfaction with work is the highest for workers who can choose their employment status, the hours they work and their clients.


More than half (57%) of casual or contract workers choose to work this way, and it isn’t just for the emerging generations either. Baby Boomers (63%) are the most likely to choose to be a casual or contract worker, more-so than Gen Y (50%) or Gen X (52%).

We often think that it is the technology-savvy younger generation driving the gig economy. But this research shows that the older Generation X and Baby Boomers are the most likely to choose the flexibility offered by the gig-economy. It not only allows them to choose their hours, but they can choose the work times that will best suit, but also increase or decrease their workload depending on their financial needs. – Mark McCrindle.


Of the 1,007 Australian casual and contract workers surveyed, work-life balance was the biggest driver of those who work casually, with 87% considering it to be extremely or very important to them.

The report also shows that most workers employed in a casual or contract role are choosing this option for their own lifestyle, rather than being forced into it by their employer. Almost three in five casual workers choose such a work arrangement because of the flexibility it affords them.

Those who have control over their work-life balance have a 90% satisfaction rate, while those without control over this only have a 26% satisfaction rate.


Choosing who people work with also has a correlation with job satisfaction. Those who have control over it have an 85% satisfaction rate compared to 39% for those who don’t have control over this.

43% of respondents said they do not have control over who they provide services to and 56% have no control over their pay or the fees charged for their services.


Care Support Network Co-Founder and CEO Rob Evers said it isn’t surprising that healthcare, community and social assistance workers are most likely to choose to work casually because of the flexibility it affords.

“Healthcare workers choose to work casually as they generally have multiple jobs across several providers in order to increase their weekly earnings. But the rise of the sharing economy, particularly in the home care sector, now allows casual and contract workers control over who they work for, when they work and even their own hourly rate,” said Rob.

Care workers have an even greater desire for control and satisfaction, with 24% of respondents saying they experienced anxiety around unfamiliar clients and different environments in the last month, as opposed to 14% of casual workers in other industries.


Australians who choose to work casually have their ideal hours per week at 22.9 hours, which equates to three days per week. Further, the amount people work is also linked with satisfaction, where those who control how much they work are three times more likely to be satisfied.

Research findings from The Australia’s Casual Workforce Report by Care Support Network and McCrindle.

Click here to download the full infographic

Media Contact

For any media enquiries please contact Kimberley Linco at kim@mccrindle.com.au, or call our offices on +61 2 8824 3422.

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


baby names australia report What is food insecurity? Australian Bureau of Statistics train shbc house price royal baby professional speaker national private wealth professional development organisational culture twentyseventeen generation 24,000,000 australian environmental scanning mobile Black Friday Wagga Wagga urban taskforce Valentine’s Day learn organisations ageing population sydney hills Real Estate generations office space intern commute repayments Melbourne gold coast financial independence business performance social enquiry sun media commentary travel World Water Day financial future crime names city church Sydney keynote speaker Sydney Hills Business Chamber Gen Z Expert research visualisation trends of 2017 community engagement forecast speajer anzac princess charlotte financial fears property development statistics non profit screenage Duchess of Cambridge Sydney population Andrew Duffin crows nest presentation charities women cost housing trends responsive Love digital economy school mining boom criminal buildings communications aged care 2013 rental stress Elderslie-Harrington park 2016 census results parents affordability house wealth and income wages NSW safe work mates brands NEETs Adelaide New Zealand sydney property market divorce rate rich debt transport winter social change award winner business index outsourcing culturally diverse REIV Conference employment australian community trends report millennials education sector volunteering happiness ageing victoria tea seasons the great screenage Myth the hills impact investing sydneysider employers vegemite public speaking sunny days wealth inequality survey study trends analyst future proofing social trends thought leadership local communities work TED talk story dreaming the average aussie housing Charlotte university population milestone HSC Wellington Queensland university degree trends of 2016 teach Real Estate Institute of Victoria office google sector 24 million Lower Hunter Region Canberra volunteering data shifts staying in meals commuters media casual paying to work growth of sydney rain mccrindle TED trades dare to dream cancelling event Northern Beaches unaffordable Mark McCrindle cultural diversity religion townhouses innovation social commentator skills menai bondi workplace culture deloitte faux-ciliser retirement celebration baby names media activity conferences socialites culture social life happy holidays follow urban living average Australian internships public transport "know the times" omnibus GPO potts point cold data coffee lovers charity apartment engagement Performance Sentiment Index renter of the future social research residents social impact fears the changing face of gender social media research report group session suburbs networking owning a home Merry Christmas Christmas presents Work place graphs neutral bay sydneysiders high density living future grandparents Jura Coffee McCrindle Keynote Speakers school students forum new office know the times not for profit perth urban development participants money mythbusting low density dreams coffee optus learning narcissism cost of living hopes holidays vegetarian Channel 7 ultimo Retail family plans infographics Hornsby Shire Council Aussie Do It Yourself sentiments moreton bay work-life census results Engineering Manager students care support collaboration Northern Beaches Christian School demographer belief social researcher census fail australians staying home more consumerism medicine publication Christmas in Australia village affordable mentor brand experience cooking results population map McCrindle Speakers daily telegraph rising house prices government conference presentation shopping Financial Planning Association case study engage faith Financial Planning Week baby names report global generations FOMO Northern Territory food chairty CBD speaker resource demography public speaker ashley mckenzie media release baby men mccrindle research digital conference speaker click daily commute online shopping panel VET New South Wales Queensland: QLD Lower Hunter capital city in the media 2020 ease of travel growth unemployment manly home ownership Australia Day global retail workshop tableau technology mother's day middle class professional services 23 million norwest wage wealth SMART Kiwi urban small business cica friendship personal growth travelling Hills Shire Council report bus census data Christchurch purpose baby name professional Wodonga aged care puzzle Tasmania Skilling generation alpha builders financial planning tattoos language monarchy financial Hunter Valley children dream living young people going out energy brisbane Western Australia Royals parenting high density award Word Up relevant mythbusters Generation X demographic communities marketing identity personalities faux-cilising world youth day data analyst who is generation z jobs infographic optus my business awards Channel Seven summer wellbeing etiquette conference australian social research Cobbitty-Leppington Australian communities Australian Families events socialising ashley fell Research Director Financial Planning Association of Australia baby name trends state educhat TEDx social issues faux-cilise Generation Y DESTEL lalor park father's day future proof woolworths housing market leadership workshop global financial crisis wealth distribution australia New Zeland PSI rise of local geomapping suburb christianity lifestyle annual income home future of education long weekend population healthy future data visualisation environment local royal influence 2015 average sydneysider ACT Report moderators guide royal trends national wealth speakers Australia street learning styles Australian Population social school satisfaction politics teacher hills shire hornsby Bathburst shopper's pick christmas trees marrickville huffington post define change christmas 2017 experience not-for-profit social researchers Territory australian real estate Australian Dream households wealth and income distribution rule keeper innovative office opening Christmas day weather nfp demographics 1975 January 26th keynote speaker car Social Trend analysis winter blues speakers pack education future report ACF not for profit research in depth interviews schools youth teachers food insecurity resilience insights mateship bureau 1994 alpha suburban living IT Specialists pyrmont property debate brand greatness workforce business VET sector leader tertiary education royal family friends Scouts training tuesday home owner NT australian communities trends report The Daily Edition year 7 visualisation domestic CPI sydney metro easy rider social analysis trend tuesday waverton dessert tips Macquarie University supply and demand Mount Annan-Currant Hill thrive mccrindle tea post rationalism education future VIC System's Architect video couple increasing densification weather younger generations emerging trends christian optimistic fresh toys christmas event mccrinlde social lives economy ACF 2016 Australian demographics Christmas season eliane Assistant Store Manager the hills shire changing face of sydney Sydney Lifestyle Study 1980 Christmas data Aussies research services survey design social analyst market research Vocational education acf15 stay home economic poker master society trends nativity scene shopping centre litter marriage future of work google for education income research on coffee researcher Caregiver TAS TDE demographic transformations keynote list housing growth community event NFP event megatrends leadership Mark McCrindle in the media high density apartments spirituality live the dream house prices breakfast 10 years goals cultural diveristy Gen X challenge ACF17 high school SMSF SA spend child care slideshare storytelling 2012 meetings donate education research the australian dream cars ACF2017 news house price rise generation Z hobart Christmas lunch trend states Tuesday Trends The ABC of XYZ real Population Clock Australians clothing choice workers research pack Business analysis population growth Australian community trends investor Births weekly earnings DIY baby boomers society millenials cash ferry proactive careers 40 million facts work from home urban living index mortgage demographic trends WA global blaxland pharmacy Australian schools ideas local community Christmas research sports renting sunburnt country EFF student wedding sydney event Christmas Stats baby boom hunger gig economy Sydney’s south west capital cities Geoff Brailey sustainable qualitative research darwin jobs of the future consumer poor February 16 James Ward entertainment earn kate middleton research area ipswich year 12 investment sydney market Australian Trends offenders priorities millionth TEDx Speaker contiki career divorce research data selfie budget seasons greetings census social commentary ABS Black Friday in Australia #censusfail future-proof the lucky country 2014 focus groups Northern beaches Event staff relational group easter employmee teaching earning Christmas day infographic wall internet forecasting gen alpha goal earnings average aussie cancelling plans micro Black Friday Sales employmer hills 2016 2016 census Australian Census futurist mover and shaker property price 1968 cloudy days Deaths quote salary gen z SRE donation FPA communicate entrepreneurs of today youth unemployment eliane miles micro apartments logan commuting pharmacies Education Future Forum social shifts land of the middle class sydneycity aussie culture 2017 national crime rates finance NBRS Architecture US Maxim Accounting Research Executive product Netflix hello fresh authenticity volunteer educated emerging technologies balance sector wide study Australian Communities Trends presentations volunteers REIV National Conference baby name predictions cartodb housing affordability community Kirsten Brewer South Australia stats McCrindle Speaker professional presenters food bank visual Australian Home screenagers workplace young australians ACT Res Vis rent emerging generations holiday sydney speaker grave decision new york times teleworking ethnography English JOMO showreel curiosity marriages interactive online household entrepreneur entrepreneurial australian communities forum NBRS program giving financial dreams generational trends Gen Y wolloomooloo recap cancel plans tv Australia Day 2017 water overcast learner insight gig newspaper schools students Tuesday Trend growing population future of shopping focus group Jura Australia Crime Rates families Sydney mccrindle in the media internship education Willowdale prince george equip collaborative property market world apartments sector wide customer snapshot life McCridle public holiday communication motivate typical australian census 2016