Employment, Central West, Orana: Almost 25,000 people hold down more than one job | Graph

WORKING HARD: Almost 25,000 people hold down more than one job in the Central West and Orana regions. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK
WORKING HARD: Almost 25,000 people hold down more than one job in the Central West and Orana regions. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

ALMOST 25,000 people in the region are working multiple jobs just to make ends meet with the rate in some towns almost twice the state average.

Data released by the Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that 10.3 per cent of people in the state work multiple jobs, but in the Central West and Orana that rate is much higher.

A greater percentage of people hold more than one job in the Bogan Shire Council area compared to any other with 19 per cent of people juggling duties for multiple employers.

In Cootamundra-Gundagai 19.3 per cent of people work more than one job, while 19.0 per cent of people in the Hilltops council area fall into the same category.

This is followed by Parkes (18.9 per cent), Dubbo (18.8 per cent), Cabonne (18.5 per cent), Orange (18.2 per cent), Narromine (17.9 per cent), Mid-Western (17.5 per cent) and Bathurst (17.3 per cent).

The lowest percentage of multiple job workers in the region is in Lithgow at 14.4 per cent, but this still sits higher than the NSW average.

Shardai McNeill, 18, is among those who juggle their time between multiple employers.

WORKING HARD: One of Shardai McNeill's jobs is to work in Country Fruit which is a fresh food/delicatessen shop in the Bathurst CBD. Photo:CHRIS SEABROOK 081319cjobs1

WORKING HARD: One of Shardai McNeill's jobs is to work in Country Fruit which is a fresh food/delicatessen shop in the Bathurst CBD. Photo:CHRIS SEABROOK 081319cjobs1

She works one job as a pizza delivery driver with Dominos while her other position is at Country Fruit in Bathurst where she has multiple duties including roles as a greengrocer, fish monger and barista.

Then, each year when the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 rolls into town, she takes on a third job working in a food van at Mount Panorama.

"It's the cost of living," Ms McNeill said.

"We don't even live in Sydney but the cost of living is so high.

"This is supposed to be a gap year but it's hard to make ends meet."

In Orange, Codey McHatton juggles two casual jobs while also undertaking a K-12 Bachelor of Teaching degree at Charles Sturt University.

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"At one point I had four jobs, then I had three, now I've only got two," she said.

"I lost one job because they needed me during the week, but I needed the school learning support officer job more.

"It's just keeping my head above water, I've always worked multiple jobs."

BALANCE: Codey McHatton is one of thousands of workers in Orange who hold down more than one job to make ends meet, new data shows. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0814jkjobs1

BALANCE: Codey McHatton is one of thousands of workers in Orange who hold down more than one job to make ends meet, new data shows. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0814jkjobs1

While Dubbo woman Dawn, who asked for her surname not to be used, works three jobs and said she feels continually stressed trying to make ends meet.

"It just keeps my head above water," she said.

Two of her jobs are at one of Dubbo's tourist attractions where she works in guest services, her third job is teaching first aid.

"I'm supporting myself and I'm supporting my adult son, who is not living with me, but he has had some significant health issues," she said.

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