The Pros and Cons of Casual Employment

April 12, 2011

Can You Go 7 Months Without A Weekend Off? She did…

I received a lovely gift recently to be pampered at a day spa and I was speaking with one of their casual workers.  She shared how she hadn’t had a weekend off in 7 months…. Wow 7 months!

I couldn’t even imagine.  It has been many years since I’ve had to work in any industry that works on the weekend, that I have taken my weekends off for granted.

As she works in the beauty industry, the peak time for business is when the majority of people are not at work, therefore evenings and weekends.

This can be quite difficult particularly when your partner, family and friends are not on the same work schedule as you and the time that you do have off is when those closest to you are working.

This worker also shared her desire to buy a house and that casual work meant that hours weren’t consistent from week to week, therefore not helping her to have a reliable guaranteed income to achieve this goal.

Casual Work Ideal?

Unfortunately, for this casual staff member, there appears to be noticeable cons at the present time, however there are a lot of employees where casual work is the ideal situation for them.

When I was at university, I had a casual job and it was terrific that I would be able cut my hours right back during assessment time, then increase my hours over the holiday period when I was not studying.  This situation was ideal for me and so many other students as well.

Here are some of the pros and cons of casual employment:

Pros of Casual Employment:
~  Not having to work full time hours (in most cases) and the ability to pursue/perform other responsibilities/interests e.g. study, another job, caring responsibilities, leisure activities etc
~  Higher hourly rate
~  Ability to increase or reduce hours

Cons of Casual Employment:
~  No leave entitlements
~  No guarantee of regular hours or income
~  The need sometimes to take work when it comes

I will acknowledge that there are some industries that casual employment makes up the majority of the workforce’s employment status, therefore you may have no or very limited options to become a permanent staff member.

To help determine if casual employment is the best for you, it is important to look at your values and goals and whether this will help you to achieve what’s most important to you.

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