Nearly all of the jobs that will open up to retail workers taking part in the controversial PaTH scheme will come from people switching work instead of newly created employment, the government has admitted.
In July, Malcolm Turnbull announced that 10,000 retail internships would be offered under the $750 million program, heralding the placements as a first step to unemployed young people “realising their dreams”.
But as the Prime Minister was spruiking the scheme, the Department of Employment sensationally acknowledged in internal documents that most job opportunities in the sector would be the result of workplace churn.
“It is important to remember that employment growth isn’t the only source of opportunities for people looking for work,” the department said in a ‘Q&A’ document obtained by The New Daily under freedom of information laws.
“Job turnover provides more opportunities for people than does employment growth.”
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash’s department estimated the sector would create just 88,900 sales assistant and salesperson roles in the five years to November 2020, the document shows – a fraction of the 676,100 openings expected through employment turnover.
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