A family dinner recently, talking with my brother and his daughter.
Daughter tells me that her mother (brother's ex-wife) has been told by her employers that her work-hours are now 7am to 5pm, 6 days a week. Plus occasional overtime as they decide. If she doesn't like it, too bad. Of course, she's whinging about it.
Brother and I looked at each other. I said: "Welcome to the real world." He just nodded: "Welcome to the real world."
That's simply the job situation in New Zealand. Yes, employers are crying out for staff - however they're very slow to hire, and they'd rather hire new people as casuals for the first 3-6-12 months. That's because it's an absolute bastard to fire shit-awful employees (thanks to the Labor party being in government several years back).
If they make it through the trial period: then they might get offered full-time employee status. Maybe. Maybe they'll just become a semi-permanent casual, constantly being renewed until they fuck up.
It seems to be biting her in the butt. Now she's not insulated from the job market by having a slave-man to bring in the money plus do the dirty work around the home. Never expected that when you constantly abused and neglected him, did'ya?