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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.

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