Australian Bureau of Statistics
6102.0.55.001 - Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods, Apr 2007
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/04/2007
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CHAPTER 21.5. LABOUR FORCE EXPERIENCE
Sex; age; marital status; relationship in household; state or territory of usual residence (including whether a capital city); country of birth; and period of arrival in Australia.
Labour force status (at survey date and during the year); time in the labour force during the year; whether worked at some time during the year; whether looked for work at some time during the year.
Persons who were employed at some time during the year
Status in employment; occupation; industry; time worked during the year; full-time or part-time status of time worked; number of employers/businesses during the year; time worked with current employer/business; and whether had an unpaid absence from work during the year.
Time spent looking for work during the year (including Mean and Median duration); and number of spells of looking for work during the year
Persons who were not in the labour force at some time during the year
Time not in the labour force during the year; and main activity when not in the labour force.
21.5.7 Data collected in the Labour Force Experience survey are compiled according to concepts and definitions outlined in the relevant sections of this publication; for labour force status at survey date, see Chapter 2 ; for characteristics of employment, Chapter 4; for the amount of time in the labour force during the year, time worked and looked for work during the year, see Chapter 9 ; and for socio-demographic and industry information, see Chapter 16.
21.5.8 The scope of the Labour Force Experience Survey was expanded in February 2007 to include all people aged 15 years and over, while previously only persons between 15 and 69 were included. The standard scope restrictions for supplementary surveys outlined in the overview part of Chapter 21 also apply to this survey.
DATA COMPARABILITY OVER TIME
21.5.9 In order to provide a high degree of consistency and comparability over time, changes to survey methods, survey concepts, data item definitions, frequency of collection, and analysis methods are made as infrequently as possible. Over the time the survey has been conducted there have been some changes to the scope and sample size. These changes mean that the standard errors for the survey differ over time. The effect on estimates of the change in scope is considered to have been small. Changes affecting the Labour Force Survey may also affect this survey. Such changes are outlined in Chapter 20 and are not repeated here.
Initial survey conducted (February) - preliminary data in Labour Force Experience, Preliminary (Ref. no 6.38) (footnote 1) and final data in Labour Force Experience (Ref. no 6.26).
Survey reference period - preceding calendar year.
Sample size restricted to three-quarters of the Labour Force Survey sample.
Survey conducted (February).
Annual collection commenced (February).
Survey not conducted (this year only).
Catalogue numbers replaced reference numbers - cat. no. 6205.0 (preliminary data) and cat. no. 6206.0 (final data).
Change to survey reference period - beginning of February in previous year to the end of the reference week.
Change to the classification of some persons (this year only) - persons who reported that they had been in their current job for one year and also reported that they did not work for the entire reference period were not classified as 'not in the labour force' for the remainder of the period (as they were in other years).
Change to survey reference period - 52 weeks to the end of the week prior to interview.
Preliminary publication discontinued.
Sample size reduced to one-half of the Labour Force Survey sample.
Change to survey month (March).
Persons aged 70 and over excluded from scope of the survey.
Sample size increased to full Labour Force Survey sample.
Annual collection ceased - replaced by biennial collection (February).
Sample restricted to no more than seven-eighths of the Labour Force Survey sample.
Standard Data Service replaced publication format (cat. no. changed to 6206.0.40.001).
Publication format replaced Standard Data Service (cat. no. changed to 6206.0).
Persons living in remote and sparsely settled areas excluded from scope.
Data items related to educational attainment and state/territory of usual residence 12 months ago no longer available.
Scope of the survey expanded to include all persons aged 15 years and over, where it previously excluded those over 69.
Changes were made to the categories for the data item 'Main activity when not in the Labour Force' with the category 'Home duties or child care' split into two separate categories: 'Home duties' and 'caring for children'. The categories 'Own illness or injury' and 'own disability or handicap' were replaced by 'own short-term illness or injury' and 'own long-term health condition or disability' respectively.
The sample for the Labour Force Experience Survey was approximately one-third smaller than the sample size in February 2007, as a result of reductions in the Labour Force Survey sample size.
21.5.10 For further details contact the Labour Market Statistics Section, on Canberra (02) 6252 7206 or email <email@example.com>.
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