Posted November 15, 2018 07:02:06 A paper towel is just a paper towel, and the most common job it is employed for is as a cheap labour supply.
As the Australian Bureau of Statistics says, “the main occupations of Australian workers in the paper towel industry are retail, office, household, construction and service trades”.
And according to the latest employment data, paper towels make up just 5.5 per cent of the total workforce.
In fact, the industry employs more than half of all Australians.
Its a significant part of the workforce, but not the only one.
The paper towel sector is highly dependent on foreign labour.
There are around 12 million paper towel jobs in Australia and around 10 per cent are in Australia-owned and operated industries, according to ABS data.
And when it comes to paper towel employment, it has been increasing in the past few years.
According to the ABS, “In 2016-17 there were an estimated 16.3 million jobs in the country in the industry, an increase of 0.2 per cent on the previous year”.
But this is just one part of a larger picture.
A lot of the paper towels that are being employed in Australia are sourced overseas.
Around 80 per cent is imported from other countries.
Most of the workers employed in the domestic industry are women.
They make up a significant share of the labour force in the US and Japan.
But as the Australian paper towel economy continues to grow and as the US becomes more competitive with the rest of the world, the labour supply is increasingly going overseas.
Topics:business-economics-and-finance,economy,jobs,australia,nsw,united-statesFirst posted November 15, 2017 20:59:39Contact Sarah RitchieMore stories from New South Wales