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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.
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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