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6245.0 - Successful and Unsuccessful Job Search Experience, Australia, Jul 2000  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/06/2001   
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Active steps taken to find work

Steps taken during the 12 months up to the time of the survey. They comprise:

  • registering with Centrelink for job search assistance;
  • contacting an employment agency;
  • contacting prospective employers;
  • answering a newspaper advertisement for a job;
  • checking Centrelink touchscreens;
  • checking factory noticeboards;
  • advertising or tendering for work; and
  • contacting friends or relatives.

Centrelink

Centrelink is a statutory authority responsible for delivering a range of Commonwealth Government services, including the registration of persons for job search assistance and income support.

CES

Prior to April 1998, the Commonwealth Employment Service (CES) provided a job placement service for jobseekers and managed labour programs. It also provided the contact point for eligible jobseekers to register for income support.

Educational attainment

Measures the highest qualification completed by the respondent, classified according to the ABS Classification of Qualifications (ABSCQ) (Cat.No.1262.0).

Job

Any employment paid by wages or salary that is full-time or part-time lasting for two weeks or more.

Job Network

Job Network is a national network of private, community and government organisations on contract to the government to provide employment placement services to the community. Jobseekers who are registered with Centrelink for job search assistance are able to contact any Job Network provider in their area to receive this service.

Main English-speaking countries

Comprises the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, South Africa, the United States of America and New Zealand.

Method of job attainment

Determined by the answer to the question ‘How did you find out that particular job was available?’, and described according to whether an employer approached the jobseeker or a jobseeker approached the employer. In the latter case, the method is described according to whether or not the jobseeker knew that the particular job was available before approaching the employer.

Number of spells of looking for work in the previous 12 months

The number of times the person reported being out of work and looking for a job during the 12 months up to the end of the reference week.

Occupation

All occurrences of occupation in this publication relate to Major Group as defined by the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations, Second Edition (ASCO) (Cat. no. 1220.0).

Preferred occupation

Determined by asking respondents if they wanted the kind of work they were doing, or had done, and whether they would prefer a different kind of work. Their preferred occupation was the same as their current occupation if they reported that they would not prefer a different kind of work. Otherwise, the preferred occupation was determined using the description of the kind of work they preferred.

Successful jobseekers

Those who had started work for an employer for wages or salary lasting two weeks or more during the 12 months up to the end of the reference week. If more than one job was started during this period, details were obtained about the most recent job started. Persons who started a new job without changing employer were excluded.

Time spent looking for work in the previous 12 months

The total number of weeks the person reported having been out of work and looking for a job during the 12 months up to the end of the reference week.

Unsuccessful jobseekers

Those who had not started work for an employer for wages or salary, but who had looked for work with an employer for wages or salary while they were out of work, during the 12 months up to the end of the reference week. Unsuccessful jobseekers can be employed at the time of the survey if they work in their own limited liability company, or are employers, own account workers, or contributing family workers.

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