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LABOUR STATISTICS NEWS


LABOUR THEME PAGE

The ABS Labour Topics @ a Glance page, available on the ABS website, provides a guide to the range of ABS statistics on the labour market, as well as links to the latest data released. To find the Topics @ a Glance, go to <http://www.abs.gov.au> [Topics @ a Glance - People - Labour].


SUPPLEMENTARY SURVEYS ON LABOUR TOPICS

The Monthly Population Survey comprises the Labour Force Survey and a range of supplementary surveys, which provide detailed information on a range of topics. Results from supplementary surveys on labour-related topics recently released comprise: Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia, August 2009 (cat. no. 6310.0); Forms of Employment, Australia, November 2009 (cat. no. 6359.0) and Working Time Arrangements, Australia, November 2009 (cat. no. 6342.0).


REVIEW OF PURPOSE, CONTENT AND STRUCTURE OF AUSTRALIAN LABOUR MARKET STATISTICS

The ABS is undertaking a review of the way we communicate information about labour statistics to users. Part of this review will include revisiting the purpose, structure and content of this publication, Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0), as well as other vehicles including our newsletter and Topics @ a Glance. The aim is to provide the right level of information for different users, including summary statistics, news, and analytical articles. Any associated changes to this publication will be advised in future issues. If you would like further information about this review or would like to provide any feedback to contribute to the review, please contact Kirsty Leslie on 02 6252 5436 or email kirsty.leslie@abs.gov.au.


REVIEW OF USES OF LABOUR EMPLOYER BASED STATISTICS

It is important for the ABS to understand the needs of its clients so that relevant statistics are produced. The ABS is currently reviewing the uses made of the labour employer statistics produced and is seeking comments and feedback about how these data are being used. The suite of labour employer statistics under review are:


If you would like to contribute to this review, please forward your submission by email to labour.employer.surveys@abs.gov.au by no later than 6:00pm (AEST), 26 July 2010.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss your submission, please contact Manpreet Singh at manpreet.singh@abs.gov.au or on (08) 9360 5363.


FORMS OF EMPLOYMENT

In April 2010, the ABS released Forms of Employment, Australia, November 2009 (cat. no. 6359.0) which provides information on some of the key factors relating to the nature of employment arrangements in the Australian labour market. The survey also describes some of the employment and demographic characteristics of people in different types of employment.


EMPLOYEE EARNINGS, BENEFITS AND TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIP

In May 2010, the ABS released Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia, August 2009 (EEBTUM) (cat. no. 6310.0), which presents information about the distribution of weekly earnings of employees, their entitlement to paid leave (including holiday, sick, long service and maternity/paternity paid leave), superannuation contributions made by employer on behalf of employee, and trade union membership.

The 2009 Employee Benefits module of the EEBTUM survey was expanded to collect information on current employment benefits received in the last 12 months, including transport to and from work, communication and/or IT devices and child care, as well as salary sacrifice arrangements. Additional data items on employees' educational qualifications, as well as 'Whether paid a set amount or by the hour', 'Whether usually works paid or unpaid extra hours or overtime', and 'Whether paid full adult rate of pay', were also included.

New data items relating to trade union membership were also collected for the first time. These include 'Length of current trade union membership', 'Duration since previously a trade union member' and 'Previous trade union membership'. An article in this issue 'Trade union membership: Dynamics of trade union memberships' highlights findings from the new trade union membership data items.


WORKING TIME ARRANGEMENTS

In May 2010, the ABS also released Working Time Arrangements, Australia, November 2009 (cat. no. 6342.0). This publication is released every three years and presents information about the working arrangements of employees in their main job, such as shift work, extra hours or overtime, and start and finish times. It also presents information about the patterns of employees' work in all jobs. An additional data item has been presented in the 2009 publication, 'Whether usually worked shift work and type of shift usually worked'.

For further information, see the article in this issue 'Working time arrangements: Changes to Working Time Arrangements Survey from 2006 to 2009'.


REINSTATEMENT OF THE JOB VACANCY SURVEY

As outlined in Information Paper: Reinstatement of Job Vacancies Survey (cat. no. 6354.0.55.001), the ABS reinstated the Job Vacancy Survey (JVS) for the November 2009 quarter.

Due to the suspension of the JVS, no original estimates were produced for five quarters between August 2008 and August 2009 inclusive. The ABS cannot produce reliable estimates by collecting this missing data retrospectively. As a consequence both seasonally adjusted and trend estimates cannot be produced until a sufficiently long time series has been established following the gap in series.

As a result of the reinstatement of JVS and sample redesign, the JVS table 7.1 within Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0) has been changed and the JVS graph within the Labour Market Summary has been removed.


AGGREGATE MONTHLY HOURS WORKED

A quarterly measure of aggregate monthly hours worked by four industry sectors is now available within Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0). These sectors are market (agriculture and rest of market) and non-market (education and rest of non-market). Investigations into producing data for states and territories, and age groups, are continuing. Refer to the article 'Expansion of aggregate monthly hours worked' in the January 2010 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).

For further information on the estimates, including the methodology used to calculate them, refer to Information Paper: Expansion of Hours Worked Estimates from the Labour Force Survey, 2009 (cat. no. 6290.0.55.001), released on 8 September 2009.


EMPLOYMENT TYPE

The employment type data cube published in Australia Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0) has been updated using estimates from the Forms of Employment Survey (FOES).

The updated data cube contains FOES data for 2008 and 2009. For 1992 to 2007, employment type estimates were derived from the Labour Force Survey and the Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership Survey.

For further information regarding the change in data source, refer to the explanatory notes within the employment type data cube.


REVISION TO POPULATION BENCHMARKS

As foreshadowed in the October 2009 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0), the ABS will be revising the population benchmarks underpinning the Labour Force Survey, due to revisions made to Net Overseas Migration estimates published in September 2008 and September 2009 issues of Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0).

The revisions will be applied in the July 2010 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0), to be released on 4 August 2010.

The Labour Force Survey population benchmarks will be revised for the period July 2006 to June 2010. It is expected that the revisions will impact on level estimates, such as the number of persons employed and unemployed, but will have minimal impact on movement estimates or estimates of rates, such as the unemployment rate.


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Recent and upcoming statistical releases

Release date/title of publication
Reference period
Catalogue number

June 2010
Australian Economic Indicators
(a)July 2010
1350.0
Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product
March 2010
5206.0
Australian Social Trends
(a)June 2010
4102.0
Industrial Disputes, Australia
March quarter 2010
6321.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia
May 2010
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery
May 2010
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly
May 2010
6291.0.55.003
Labour Force Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Estimates from the Labour Force Survey
2009
6287.0
Labour Statistics In Brief, Australia
2010
6104.0
Year Book, Australia
2009-10
1301.0
July 2010
Australian Economic Indicators
(a)August 2010
1350.0
Australian Labour Market Statistics
(a)July 2010
6105.0
Job Vacancies, Australia
May 2010
6354.0
Labour Force, Australia
June 2010
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery
June 2010
6291.0.55.001
August 2010
Australian Economic Indicators
(a)September 2010
1350.0
Average Weekly Earnings, Australia
May 2010
6302.0
Business Indicators, Australia
June 2010
5676.0
Labour Force, Australia
July 2010
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery
July 2010
6291.0.55.001
Labour Price Index, Australia
June 2010
6345.0
Labour Statistics News
August 2010
6106.0
September 2010
Australian Economic Indicators
(a)October 2010
1350.0
Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product
June 2010
5206.0
Australian Social Trends
(a)September 2010
4102.0
Industrial Disputes, Australia
June quarter 2010
6321.0.55.001
Job Vacancies, Australia
August 2010
6354.0
Labour Force, Australia
August 2010
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery
August 2010
6291.0.55.001
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly
August 2010
6291.0.55.003
Labour Mobility, Australia
February 2010
6209.0
October 2010
Australian Labour Market Statistics
(a)October 2010
6105.0
Labour Force, Australia
September 2010
6202.0
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery
September 2010
6291.0.55.001

(a) Refers to the issue of publication, not the reference period.



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