Thursday, August 10, 2006

sickness beneficaries and ACC claimants are part of the "labour force"


Only 79,000 people are without jobs. A job meaning this:
All persons in the working-age population who during the reference week worked for one hour or more for pay or profit in the context of an employee/employer relationship or self-employment; or worked without pay for one hour or more in work which contributed directly to the operation of a farm, business or professional practice owned or operated by a relative; or had a job but were not at work due to: own illness or injury, personal or family responsibilities, bad weather or mechanical breakdown, direct involvement in an industrial dispute, or leave or holiday.

So, if you were surveyed for the Household Labour Force, and are off work because you are on ACC, you are doing voluntary work, are on paid parental leave, selling dope, happened to get a job for one hour that day despite being on the dole, worked for your dad for an hour or more because you were bored on the dole or the sickness benefit, did a paper run, pushed a broken down company car to help start it for an hour or more, you are deemed by our Government to "have a job" and to be contributing to economic growth.

Would you call that a job? What kind of labour "force" is that - particularly if you are taking even more money from the state than you are contributing to it.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

NZ HHLF Survey is essentially the same methodology used across O.E.C.D. so its value is the comparison viz a viz the rest of the developed world.

Most interesting thing is labour force participation rate - about the highest in the world.

Dave said...

More interesting would be the low anount of hours that many people work, and the proportion of people on the sickness benefit each week as compared with the rest of the OECD