An overwhelming majority of people who perform useless or next to useless jobs earn well below the average median income, a study from the University of North Sydney has found. Academics Isaac Fletcher and Bernice Patterson conducted interviews with 1400 respondents whose stated occupations had no potential, short term or long term, directly or indirectly, of making a positive contribution to GDP.
The findings of the report make for bleak reading. Fewer than three in ten respondents earned above the national median income, fewer than 2 in ten had private health insurance and just seven respondents out of 1400 owned property in Sydney.
Ken Ceder, a macramé blogger from Camperdown has hopes of one day making a documentary on the evolution of macramé societies in Australia, but finding the start-up capital is proving challenging. After six years he is still only at 4% of his Pozzible target of $1500 and is concerned he may never reach the target.
Sandy Halverson, a 25-year-old artist who adapts Shakespearean plays into anime for her website, told The (un)Australian: “It’s actually really hard to earn a living doing something that’s of no practice use and that nobody wants you to do. We’ve tried putting on fundraisers but then we realised that the only people that were turning up to them were other people with pointless, profitless jobs and we all ended up back where we had started.”
The paper is the second time Patterson and Fletcher have teamed up, following their 2013 paper article into tenuous topics for academic research.