1 in 5 Australian workers have non-compete clauses, making it harder to get better paid jobs: new survey

Fri, 14 Jul 2023 22:11:36 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"To many of us, “non-compete clauses” are for other people – TV presenters and
chief executives; the sort of people who, if they left their employer for a
competitor, would take with them inside knowledge and so must be stopped by a
legal agreement, at least for a period of time.

Our concerning finding, reached as Australia’s competition minister Andrew
Leigh asks the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and Treasury for
advice on the extent of non-compete clauses in Australia, is that they may be
even more widespread here than in the United States.

In the US, researchers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics have found an
extraordinary 18% of workers are subject to non-compete clauses of some kind.
They even apply where you might think they would not: to 9% of care workers,
and 12% of US construction workers.

In Australia, in the first survey on non-compete clauses conducted using the
same methodology as the US survey, we’ve found 22%."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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