Labour Statistics News (cat. no. 6106.0) is published twice yearly by the Labour Market Statistics National Statistical Centre (NSC). It provides information about the latest in labour market statistics including: outlining recent developments and survey reviews; informing and seeking feedback on current projects; providing analysis and articles on labour-related issues; providing information on how to find, use and interpret ABS labour market statistics and useful contacts within the labour market area of the ABS; highlighting significant releases of ABS labour market data or analysis; and advertising upcoming statistical training in labour market statistics.
Some key recent developments highlighted in the February 2010 Labour Statistics News include:
- the re-instatement of the full Labour Force Survey sample (fully implemented from December 2009) and the Job Vacancy Survey (in November 2009);
- the release of the 2008 Forms of Employment Survey (FOES) Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) - which includes the new Independent Contractor and Labour Hire modules; and
- the release of the Labour Force Survey Standard Products and Data Item Guide.
There are also a range of projects and other developments aimed at improving the range and/or usefulness of labour market statistics which are in progress, or about to commence, including:
- investigations into maximising the longitudinal nature of the Labour Force Survey through matching data across survey months;
- investigations into options for linked employer-employee data;
- upcoming release of additional aggregate monthly hours worked data;
- review of the Job Search Experience survey;
- review of measures of job change; and
- investigation into the development of temporary work measures.
Labour Statistics News aims to reach a wide range of users to inform and engage with the community on labour market issues and statistical developments.