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    OVERVIEW

    The Successful and Unsuccessful Job Search Experience survey collects information about the job search experience of job seekers. If provides information on the ways in which people look for jobs, and particularly on the methods which prove ultimately to be successful.

    PURPOSE

    Information from this survey is used in the development and analysis of labour market policy.

    SCOPE

    This survey is conducted as part of the Monthly Population Survey, which comprises the Labour Force Survey and, in most months, a supplementary survey topic.

    SCOPE - Labour Force Survey

    The Labour Force Survey includes all persons aged 15 and over except:

    • members of the permanent defence forces;
    • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from census and estimated populations;
    • overseas residents in Australia; and
    • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants) stationed in Australia.

    From July 1993 Jervis Bay Territory is also excluded from the scope of the survey. Before July 1993 it was included in estimates for the Australian Capital Territory.

    SCOPE - Successful and Unsuccessful job Search Experience

    The scope for the Successful and Unsuccessful job Search Experience survey was the same as that used for the Labour Force Survey except that it was restricted to persons who had started, or who had looked for, a job for wages or salary over the previous 12 months. Students at boarding school, some patients in hospitals and sanatoriums and inmates of reformatories, goals, etc. were also excluded.

    From July 1997, all supplementary surveys excluded persons in remote and sparsely settled areas of Australia. The exclusion of these persons has only a minor effect on estimates for individual States or Territories.

    COVERAGE - Labour Force Survey

    In the Labour Force Survey, coverage rules are applied which aim to ensure that each person is associated with only one dwelling, and hence has only one chance of selection. The chance of a person being enumerated at two separate dwellings in the one survey is considered to be negligible.

    Persons who are away from their usual residence for six weeks or less at the time of interview are enumerated at their usual residence (relevant information may be obtained from other usual residents present at the time of the survey).

    DATA DETAIL

    Conceptual framework

    The survey shows the job search experience of persons who are unemployed at the beginning of the reference period. It provides information on steps taken to find work and individual characteristics of both successful and unsuccessful jobseekers. This indicates which methods of job attainment are most effective and which combination of individual characteristics are more likely to result in successful outcomes.

    Main outputs

    Results of the Successful and Unsuccessful Job Search Experience Survey including data tables and analysis are released in publication format, and include the following tables:

    SUCCESSFUL JOBSEEKERS

    Selected characteristics, previous 10 years

    Who were out of work prior to starting job: Selected characteristics, previous 10 years

    Who changed employer to start job: Selected characteristics, previous 10 years

    Method of job attainment and age

    Method of job attainment and educational attainment

    Method of job attainment, whether first job ever held, whether job started was in preferred occupation and full-time or part-time status of job when started

    Method of job attainment and whether out of work prior to starting job

    Role of the CES in job attainment and full-time or part-time status of job when started

    Whether job started was in preferred occupation, whether out of work prior to starting job and age

    Occupation group of current job and whether current job is in preferred occupation group

    Duration of looking for work before being offered job and age

    Duration of looking for work before being offered job, educational attainment and whether out of work prior to starting job

    Selected characteristics and occupation

    Whose job was in their preferred occupation: Selected characteristics and occupation

    In their first job: Occupation, educational attainment and whether job started was in preferred occupation

    UNSUCCESSFUL JOBSEEKERS

    Selected characteristics, previous 10 years

    Selected characteristics and occupation of job being sought

    Classifications

    Demographics: State, Area, Region, Sex, Marital Status, Relationship in Household, Period of Arrival and Age.

    Country of Birth: The Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC).

    Occupation: Australian Standard Classification of Occupations Second Edition (ASCO SE).

    Educational attainment: Australian Bureau of Statistics Classification of Qualifications (ABSCQ).

    Other concepts (summary)

    Not applicable

    GEOGRAPHIC DETAIL
    Australia
    New South Wales
    Victoria
    Queensland
    South Australia
    Western Australia
    Tasmania
    Northern Territory
    ACT
    Part of State Metropolitan
    Part of State Extra-Metropolitan

    Comments and/or Other Regions

    Not all data available for all areas.

    COLLECTION FREQUENCY
    2 Yearly

    Frequency comments

    First conducted in July 1982, then biennial until 2000.

    COLLECTION HISTORY

    Methods of Obtaining Jobs, Australia, July 1982

    Successful and Unsuccessful Job Search Experience, Australia, June 1986

    Successful and Unsuccessful Job Search Experience, Australia, July 1990, July 1992, July 1994, July 1996, July 2000 (final issue)

    Some of the information collected in this survey is now collected in Job Search Experience (cat. no. 6222.0).

    DATA AVAILABILITY
    Yes

    Data availability comments

    Publication Successful and Unsuccessful Job Search Experience, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 6245.0)


    DATE OF LAST UPDATE FOR THIS DOCUMENT
    25/11/2003 01:28 PM



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