Alex Dalland

Many of us wonder about where our next paycheck will be coming from, but according to recent research from Roy Morgan there are some who are far more worried than others.

Among the most uncertain were journalists and writers, automobile drivers – a category which mainly includes taxi drivers – and many of those in the IT profession, as well as Vocational Education Teachers.

On the other hand, teachers in other areas were some of the most likely to report high job security – particularly special education teachers, 28 per cent of whom reported their job security as being ‘Very Good’, and school principals, the most secure employment category with 54 per cent of respondents citing a high level of job security.

Although it is easy to blame a perceived lack of job security on increasing ‘casualisation’, it is changes in the internet age which are thinning out jobs in the biggest categories for job insecurity, according to Michele Levine, CEO for Roy Morgan Research.

“With most major news media, including Fairfax, News Corp and ABC, cutting back their editorial divisions over the period, it’s no surprise that journalists are among the most insecure about their future employment in the current organisation,” Levine says.

“Perhaps similarly affected by digital disruption and fragmentation across new entrants, Automobile Drivers such as taxi drivers are also among the most insecure.”

According to the figures, while 6 per cent of people surveyed rated their job security as ‘Very Poor’, almost twenty per cent of people in paid employment rated their job security as being ‘Very Good’. With another 34 per cent suggesting that their job security is ‘Good’ and a further 11 per cent suggesting their job security is ‘Poor’, a slim majority of workers – 51 per cent – feel securely employed.