Effect of news media bargaining code on journalism employment

by Bill Browne and Matt Grudnoff

Job advertisement numbers increased 46% compared to the pre-pandemic average after the mandatory bargaining code was introduced.

In the absence of data from major Australian media participants, it is not possible to directly calculate how many additional journalists Australia has thanks to the mandatory bargaining code. The number of ads for journalist jobs is a proxy. On SEEK, one of Australia’s largest online job markets, there have been 46% more ads for journalist jobs during the period the bargaining code has been in place than there were before the code was introduced.

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