In some sections of the workforce underpayment of wages has become routine. Employers are unashamedly advertising below Award rates of pay for vacant positions.

Unions NSW has produced a report, documenting the underpayment of workers from Spanish, Chinese and Korean speaking backgrounds working in Australia. An audit of job advertisements, found endemic underpayments with 78% of jobs advertised at rates of pay below the minimum Award rates.

Unions NSW 2018 – Wage Theft Report