Job satisfaction and 'welfare-to-work' : is any job a good job for Australian mothers?

Cook, Kay and Noblet, Andrew 2012, Job satisfaction and 'welfare-to-work' : is any job a good job for Australian mothers?, Australian journal of social issues, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 203-219.

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Title Job satisfaction and 'welfare-to-work' : is any job a good job for Australian mothers?
Author(s) Cook, Kay
Noblet, AndrewORCID iD for Noblet, Andrew
Journal name Australian journal of social issues
Volume number 47
Issue number 2
Start page 203
End page 219
Total pages 17
Publisher Australian Social Policy Association
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, N. S. W.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0157-6321
Keyword(s) welfare‑to‑work
single parents
job satisfaction
parental distress
Summary This exploratory study sought to assess the job satisfaction of employed Australian single mothers who had mandatory employment participation requirements. In particular, we sought to identify the characteristics of the job and the individual that were closely associated with participant’s job satisfaction. Self‑report data on job satisfaction, employment characteristics and parenting stress were collected from 155 employed single mothers. Participant job satisfaction was compared to female Australian population norms and linear regression analyses determined the job‑related and individual predictors of single mothers’ job satisfaction. Findings from this exploratory study revealed that single mothers involved in a mandatory welfare‑to‑work program experienced significantly lower job satisfaction than the Australian female population. The individual variable, parental distress, negatively predicted each of the six job satisfaction domains while being employed on a casual basis was inversely associated with three domains (job security, work hours and overall job satisfaction). The Australian government purported that making the transition from welfare to work would improve wellbeing for program participants, under the assumption that ‘any job’s a good job’. However, the relatively low levels of job satisfaction experienced by single mothers in the current study provide little support for this assumption.
Language eng
Field of Research 150311 Organisational Behaviour
Socio Economic Objective 910405 Public Sector Productivity
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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