Over 75 percent of Australians working in the construction sector are currently working on a side project as they look to turn their passion into a reality, according to new research from the AMP Foundation.
This has led to the rise of the 5pm to 9pm working day that is seeing a quarter of respondents in the construction sector clocking off work and straight into their passion after hours.
Money is the main thing holding construction workers back from pursuing a side project, according to 48 percent of respondents, with a lack of time also preventing 19 percent of respondents from following their passion.
The AMP Foundation research also found:
- Construction workers are at their most productive at the start of the week, with 43 percent feeling inspired on Mondays.
- Men in the construction sector are more likely than women to pursue their passion, with 87 percent of males compared to 47 percent of females currently working on a side project.
- The most popular categories for a side project among construction workers include arts and culture (22 percent), small business (22 percent) and sport and leisure (22 percent).
- If money were no object, the environment (22 percent), health (19 percent) and homelessness (15 percent) are the top three societal issues construction workers would seek to tackle if given the opportunity.
The AMP Foundation has released the research to mark the 2019 launch of its Tomorrow Fund, which gives away $1 million in grants each year to everyday Australians doing amazing things in their communities.
With the right support, more construction workers would be able to make their dreams a reality, says AMP Foundation head of sustainability, Helen Liondos.
“The research shows construction workers want to achieve amazing things in the community but money often prevents them from making a positive impact,” says Liondos.
“A grant from the AMP Tomorrow Fund can be used by our Tomorrow Makers to fund a range of things – whether it’s a vital piece of equipment, training or travel – to help them make a positive impact on Australia. We’ve found that offering such flexibility in funding can foster agility and innovation.”
Applications are now open for AMP’s Tomorrow Fund, which is now running in its sixth year. Up to $1 million in grants are on offer to amazing Australians doing great things in any field. Individuals of all ages, interests and abilities working towards goals with community benefit are invited to apply for grants of up to $100,000 per person.
To be eligible, applicants must apply at ampstomorrowfund.com.au by 4pm (AEST) on 27 May 2019, explaining what their goal is, why it is important to Australia and what they have done to move closer to it.
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