Updated March 23, 2018 17:23:33 A job with the Examiner newspaper in Australia’s northern capital, Canberra, may not be for you, according to its annual survey.
According to the annual survey, published by the National Library and Archives Australia (NLAA), the publication’s annual salary, bonuses and health benefits are all too often out of reach.
“As a result, we are unable to hire, or offer a job in, our local publications,” a spokesperson from the library said.
“The survey results reflect our local community and we are working closely with the NLAA to ensure they are a priority for us.”
The National Library & Archives Australia survey is part of the NLAAA’s ‘We Don’t Have a Job’ campaign, which aims to highlight the many reasons why libraries and archives are struggling to recruit and retain staff.
A survey by the library in 2015 found only 7 per cent of library staff felt they could afford to pay for their own health and disability insurance.
The survey also found that the majority of library patrons were either working or looking for work.
“A large majority of patrons (74 per cent) had no health insurance at all, with just over half (55 per cent), or 29 per cent, claiming that they were ‘not sure’,” the NLACA said.
The NLACAs survey also revealed that only 9 per cent people who have been employed in the past year were employed full-time, while the survey found that 16 per cent were working part-time.
The National Archives has reported a drop in its workforce since it was formed in 1865.
“We do not have a workforce at the moment,” a spokeswoman from the Archives told news.com.au.
“But we have an amazing team of volunteers, and we’ve been able to grow rapidly through a variety of opportunities.”
The NLAA said it was looking to increase the number of staff and train new staff members through the ‘WeDon’tHaveAJob’ campaign.
“It is our view that, with the growth of our national workforce over the past five years, our national archives are at an exceptional point in time,” the spokesperson said.
Read more about libraries and the archives in the ABC’s Canberra Bureau.
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