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6345.0 - Wage Price Index, Australia, Dec 2013 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/02/2014   
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Sep Qtr 2013 to Dec Qtr 2013
Dec Qtr 2012 to Dec Qtr 2013
% change
% change

Wage Price Index (WPI)
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses
Trend(a)
Australia
0.6
2.5
Sector
Private
0.6
2.5
Public
0.7
2.6
Seasonally Adjusted(b)
Australia
0.7
2.6
Sector
Private
0.6
2.5
Public
0.9
2.7
Original
Australia
0.5
2.5
Sector
Private
0.5
2.5
Public
0.8
2.8

(a) See Explanatory Notes paragraphs 42-43, 46. (b) See Explanatory Notes paragraphs 35-41, 46.
Graph Image for Quarterly changes, Trend(a), Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses

Footnote(s): (a) See Explanatory Notes paras 42-43, 46

Source(s): Wage Price Index, Australia



Graph Image for Annual change, Original, Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses, States and Territories
DECEMBER KEY POINTS


TOTAL HOURLY RATES OF PAY EXCLUDING BONUSES

QUARTERLY CHANGE (SEP QTR 2013 TO DEC QTR 2013)
  • The trend index for Australia rose 0.6% in the December quarter 2013, and 0.7% seasonally adjusted.
  • The Public sector rose 0.9%, seasonally adjusted, and the Private sector rose 0.6%.
  • The rises in indexes at the industry level (in original terms) ranged from 0.0% for Other services to 1.2% for Information media and telecommunications.


ANNUAL CHANGE (DEC QTR 2012 TO DEC QTR 2013)
  • The trend index for Australia rose 2.5% through the year to the December quarter 2013, and the seasonally adjusted index rose 2.6%.
  • Rises in the original indexes through the year to the December quarter 2013 at the industry level ranged from 1.6% for Professional, scientific and technical services to 3.3% for Electricity, gas, water and waste services.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
March 2014 21 May 2014
June 2014 13 August 2014
September 2014 12 November 2014
December 2014 25 February 2015



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

The weights used to compile the WPI have been updated in the December quarter 2013 using expenditure on wages and salaries from the 2012 Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours. The weighting data are adjusted for price change to represent current period values. Further information can be found in paragraphs 23-28 of the Explanatory Notes.


ABS DATA AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

Original indexes are compiled for various combinations of state/territory, sector and broad industry group. Indexes not included in this publication may be made available on request by telephoning WPI in Perth on (08) 9360 5151 or email wage.price.index@abs.gov.au.


DATA REFERENCES

Data referenced in the Key Points and Commentary are available from the tables shown in this publication or in the corresponding tables of this publication on the ABS website <http://www.abs.gov.au>.


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or WPI on Perth (08) 9360 5151.


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