Not 9-5? Sorting out your super for the way you work

Sorting out your super for the way you work

Technological and social changes are having a huge influence on the workplace, which means exciting opportunities as well as extra responsibilities at work.

Compare the lives of two typical workers, one who lived at the start of the 20th century and one who lives at the start of the 21st century.

This is the future of work

We’ve now reached the stage where around one third of Australian workers don’t have a fulltime job. Futurists argue we’re just at the start of a massive transformation of the workplace that’s going to revolutionise the way people, especially younger ones, earn their living and live their lives.

It’s not something that’s widely recognised, but younger workers are at the cutting edge of a revolution that’s seeing the upending of old rules about how work is done and how careers unfold.

That’s throwing up a whole lot of benefits – job-hopping, telecommuting, flexible hours and lots of self-employment opportunities that previous generations could’ve only dreamed about. However, it also means individuals have to take more responsibility for funding their retirement, rather than leaving it to their employer or the Government to take care of.

The way we were

Our 20th century worker may study full time before entering the workforce in their mid-teens, proceeding to have a full-time, nine-to-five job at one organisation – or, at most, two or three jobs during their career before retiring on the old-age pension.

In contrast, today’s younger worker may be combining work and study from their mid-teens before becoming an unpaid intern, casual employee or self-employed contractor sometime in their twenties. If they’re a ‘slashie’, they might be doing two or three very different jobs at once.

Even if they do get a traditional full-time, nine-to-five job like their grandparents, chances are they’ll only be in it for a few years until they try something else. They might move into a different industry, get another qualification, take a year off to have a baby or go travelling around Europe.

Dealing with multiple super accounts in a fluid labour market

As today’s workers are likely to have several relatively short-term casual, part-time and full-time jobs, it’s not unusual for them to have 10-20 different super accounts before they’ve even turned 30. And this could mean paying unnecessary fees, lost super, and eventually a lower retirement balance.

You can avoid opening multiple super accounts with each job because Essential Super makes it easy for you to keep one super account for the rest of your career. At the click of a button, you can create and email the necessary paperwork, already filled in with all the required information, to any new employers you work for.

Because having many different jobs doesn’t have to mean multiple super accounts.

Log on to NetBank now and take control of your super, or open an Essential Super account, today.

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