Sackwatch: 1.5 million and counting
Compiled by Andrew Crook:
The Crikey army has responded in predictably feisty fashion to our inaugural SackWatch list, with the tips piling in from across the country.
In new figures released on Friday, Roy Morgan claims 1.5 million Australians, or 13.9% of the population, are now unemployed or underemployed.
Here are the latest examples of corporate malfeasance to add to the doom and gloom set to engulf the jobs market this year:
De Longhi: Household appliance maker said to be temporarily sacking 400 workers at its radiator unit
Brookfield Multiplex: Staff sacked each month since August with around 250 white collar workers already dumped
Orica: "Hundreds" globally but local toll yet to be confirmed
Riviera: 110 at national boat builder
Electrolux: 44 jobs in Australia and New Zealand
Boeing: 6% across-the-board cuts in its global workforce. The company has 3,800 local employees and has already sacked 500 workers from a subsidiary.
Electronic Arts: Local top-level management have been shown the door after the software firm's Canadian arm sacked 55 workers.
Citrix: 10% of global workforce retrenched. Software firm has 160 staff across Australia and New Zealand.
GBS Gold: 300 workers sacked after firm entered receivership
Matilda Minerals: 12 full time workers on the Tiwi Islands
Redbank Mines: 6 full time copper mine workers
GEMCO: BHP Billiton-owned miner put off 200 contractors and a few direct employees
Compass Resources: 250 jobs at Browns copper, nickel and cobalt mine
OZ Minerals: 1200 more local job losses at debt-ridden miner
Xstrata: 300 workers laid off temporarily from the McArthur River Mine
CDE capital: Mining contractor has put off 30 staff at McArthur River Mine
Ausenco: 50 staff from their Perth office
ANZ: 100 NZ call centre jobs outsourced to India
Australian Taxation Office: 133 regionally-based jobs as managers scramble to meet productivity targets
Cook's Construction: Approx 500 people have been made redundant over the past 3 months from all over Australia
Construction industry: 50,000 jobs in Queensland with thousands more nationally
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with "sackwatch" in the subject field and we'll keep the list updated as a handy HR reference point.