CASUAL AS YOU CAN
Part-timers reap the rewards –
HIGH rates of pay, no limit to hours of work and the flexibility to study to supplement a full-time job or work around family provide incentives for South Australians to choose casual jobs at some point in their lives.
Most prevalent in the hospitality industry, casual workers reap the benefits of seven-day employment.
One of the state’s largest hotel group owners, the Saturno Group, employs 200 staff in their 13 businesses, including hotels, bottleshops, hospitality training centre and their head office.
At least 75 per cent of the workforce is casual.
Human resources manager Olivia Muller says casuals are highly valued in their workforce in a winwin for employer and employee.
‘‘Casuals offer us another level of flexibility and it offers the casual, more importantly, an opportunity to work in a dynamic industry,’’ Ms Muller says.
‘‘ We have people coming into our industry who may already be in other study, other work, pursuing other opportunities. They’re not looking for full-time work and it allows them to earn money.
‘‘It also allows them career opportunities so if they decide hospitality is for them they can always convert to a full-time opportunity.’’
Ms Muller says casual workers are just as important as part-time and full-time workers.
‘‘Sometimes there’s a stigma at- tached to being a casual. They’re not considered part of the industry but . . . we don’t take that view of our casual employees, they are as important to us as any other.’’
Sophie Mills, 23, has worked at The Colonist hotel at Norwood for the past 10 months but started her casual career with the Saturno Group when she was 18.
‘‘Because I’m studying it was pretty much the only way I could have a work-life balance,’’ Ms Mills says. ‘‘I’ve done a lot of study over the five years, currently I’m doing meetings and events at TAFE and I’ve also done hospitality and training at TAFE and hospitality and tourism management at uni.’’
She says even a couple of hours a week is a boost for anyone looking to up their income.
‘‘Even one shift a week helps and it helps you grow up,’’ she says.
The long, odd hours of a casual worker in hospitality are not a
Bartender Sophie Mills at the Colonist Tavern on The Parade at Norwood. downer either, Ms Mills says – as long as you find the right employer.
‘‘Working in hospitality can be difficult because of the early mornings and late nights but the Saturno group are pretty good, they give us a chance to negotiate what hours we want to do,’’ she says.
The Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union represents many casuals in the hospitality industry.
Other industries with high numbers of casual workers include the aged care and wine manufacturing.
Branch secretary David Di Troia says casuals can reap big rewards in their working hours, flexibility and penalty rates.
‘‘In general, casual work offers
Picture: Matt Turner. more flexibility . . . but workers often find that the hours given by the employer suit their business needs,’’ Mr Di Troia says.
‘‘The other real benefit is that penalty rates for casuals are higher, for example in the hospitality industry, casuals receive a 50 per cent loading on their hourly rate.’’
Under the Employment National Standard, casuals can leave their job without giving notice though it is best to give notice if possible.
Mr Di Troia says casuals should make sure they get ‘‘all their entitlements’’, be aware that their hours are generally not guaranteed and they’re not eligible for paid sick leave or annual leave.