JobKeeper payments elude freelancers
The Australian government’s JobKeeper package, which covers full- and part-time employees, sole traders and casuals who have been working for the same employer for at least a year, has left out an important group of Aussies -- the freelancers.
Included in this group are employees or casuals who have worked for the same employer for less than a year, or those who have been working for multiple employers. As such, this significant group of people - estimated at 1.1 million Australians - have had to put in additional effort, time and resources to search for other sources of income. This led to a surge in the demand for services on online platforms such as the Australia Freelance Market.
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This article was published in the Australia Freelance Market News 10/2020.