Successful and Unsuccessful Job Search Experience, Survey of
Monthly and Multipurpose Population Surveys Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra
Telephone (02) 6252 6504
Facsimile (02) 6252 7784
This survey presents information about the characteristics and experience of jobseekers. It examines those persons who had started a job for wages or salary (successful jobseekers), and those who had looked for, but failed to gain, such a job (unsuccessful jobseekers). Issues covered include method of job attainment, duration of looking for work, whether job starters were out of work prior to starting and whether they had obtained a job in their preferred occupation.
Same as that used for the Labour Force Survey (see entry in this directory) except that it is restricted to persons who had started, or looked for a job, for wages or salary during the previous 12 months. It excludes boarding school students, patients in hospitals and sanatoriums, and inmates of reformatories, gaols etc.
The survey is conducted in both urban and rural areas in all States and Territories, but since 1997 excludes persons living in certain remote and sparsely settled parts of Australia. The exclusion of these persons only has a minor impact on any aggregate estimates that are produced for individual States and Territories, with the exception of the Northern Territory.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 2001, Successful and Unsuccessful Job Search Experience, Australia, July 2000 (cat. no. 6245.0), ABS, Canberra.
Customised tables, in a variety of formats, are available from the ABS upon request.
Released five to six months after the reference period (July).
Standard labour force data items (see Labour Force Survey entry in this directory)
Active steps taken to find work
Method of job attainment (includes through school programs, and the role of Centrelink)
Duration of looking for work before being offered a job
Whether out of work prior to starting job
Duration of looking for work before being offered job
Time spent looking for work
Whether job started was in preferred occupation
Full-time or part-time status of job
Data are available for Australia, each State and Territory, capital city/balance of state (excluding Territories), and may be available for the standard labour force survey dissemination regions within each State.
METHOD OF COLLECTION
Supplementary survey to the Labour Force Survey.
TIMING OF COLLECTION
Frequency of Collection
The survey was conducted in 1982, 1986, 1990 and every two years since 1990. Comparison between the surveys conducted in each year is possible. The most recent survey was conducted in July 2000.
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