ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents information about the distribution of weekly earnings of employees, their entitlement to leave (paid holiday, paid sick, paid long service and paid maternity/paternity leave), superannuation coverage and trade union membership. This information can be cross-classified by a range of personal characteristics such as age, sex and country of birth, and by characteristics of employment such as full-time or part-time status, industry and occupation of main job.
The statistics in this publication were compiled from the Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership Survey conducted throughout Australia in August 2008 as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS). Questions were asked of all employees in their main job except for those who worked solely for payment in kind in their main job.
NOTES ABOUT THE ESTIMATES
As a result of the sample reductions in the Labour Force Survey, (see Information Paper: Labour Force Survey Sample Design, Nov 2007 (Second edition) (cat. no. 6269.0)) the sample for the Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership Survey was approximately one-third smaller than the sample size in August 2007.
This has resulted in higher relative standard errors associated with the estimates. See the Technical Note for more details.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
The content and structure of tables 6, 12 and 14 have changed slightly from last year.
Additional data items are being released in 2008. The additional data items are 'Age of youngest child', 'Number of dependent children under 15 years', 'Age and whether attending an educational institution', 'Duration of employment in main job', 'Future employment expectations' and 'Whether part-time and looking and available to work more hours'. There is also a new population 'Employees in main job who were part-time workers'. See Appendix 1 - Populations and data item list for more information.
'Leave entitlements' are now referred to as 'Paid leave entitlements' due to re-labelling 'Long-service leave' to 'Paid long-service leave'.
As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Labour Market Statistics Section on Canberra (02) 6252 7206.